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Originally published: 10/24/2022

American Repertory Ballet to perform 'The Nutcracker';  in Princeton, Trenton and New Brunswick

(Central NJ) — American Repertory BalletIts magical production The Nutcracker Three Central New Jersey performing arts venues return this holiday season. Curtains rise November 25-27 at Princeton’s McCarter Theater Center; Performances continue at the Patriots Theater at Trenton’s War Memorial on Dec. 11; And the grand finale will be at the State Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey, December 16-18.

The Nutcracker Ballet is a local and national holiday tradition for families and seasoned ballet fans. It’s no surprise that the charm, excitement and wonder of the production continues to be a part of our community’s annual holiday plans and an ideal way to celebrate the season,” said Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel.

For the first time, the American Repertory Ballet (ARB) will collaborate with the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey under the leadership of conductor Daniel Spalding. This professional artist will be joined by the Trenton Children’s Chorus for one performance only at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial.

Five performances The State Theater will feature live music played by the New Jersey ARB Orchestra, this year accompanied by the George and Joyce Albers-Schoenberg Assistant Conductor Kenneth Bean of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton Girls’ Choir.

The Nutcracker The magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle toy soldiers and larger-than-life mice and travel through a whirlwind of dancing snowflakes to the Land of Sweets. Greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier, Clara enjoys a suite of bright and cheerful dances before opening her eyes to the familiar sights of her own home, wondering if it was all a dream.

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“Every performance of it The Nutcracker From the spectacular dances and scenic treats on stage to the magical sounds of the orchestra and singers, the unique“, said Julie Diana Hench, executive director. Families can visit and take pictures with cast members in the lobby. The Nutcracker Boutique for special gifts, maybe enjoy some hot cocoa on break. “For nearly 60 years, families have been delighted by this beloved production and created great memories together,” Hench said. “We invite listeners of all ages to join the fun!”

Whether it’s your first time seeing an American repertory ballet The Nutcracker, or you’ve been enjoying it for years… the magic awaits. For tickets, see

This performance McCarter the theater the center | 91 University Place | Princeton, NJ
Friday, November 25 @ 2:00pm @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 26 @ 2:00pm @ 7:30pm
Sunday, November 27 @ 1:00pm

This performance Patriots Theater at the War Memorial | 1 Smriti Dr. | Trenton, NJ with Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey and Trenton Children’s Chorus

Saturday, December 11 @ 3:00pm

This performance the state the theater new jersey | 15 Livingston Ave New Brunswick, NJ with ARB Orchestra and Princeton Girls’ Choir

Friday, December 16 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 17 @ 2:00pm @ 7:00pm
Sunday, December 18 @ 1:00pm @ 5:00pm

Please note: For all three venues, masks are strongly encouraged but not required.

Led by Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel, American Repertory Ballet (ARB) is New Jersey’s premier ballet company, presenting new and existing contemporary works as well as classical repertory. ARB is a founding resident company of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center and performs at major venues in New Jersey and beyond. Founded in 1954 as the Princeton Ballet Society, ARB has consistently been designated a “Major Arts Institution” by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for the past two decades and has been repeatedly cited for excellence by the Council. The company has been recognized as a preeminent force in dance by the National Endowment for the Arts and other major foundations and leaders. Princeton Ballet School, the official school of ARB, attracts talent from around the world while providing opportunities for local students of all ages, such as through its award-winning Dance Power and Dance for Parkinson’s programs.


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