New Jersey Youth Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker"
at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Dec. 18-20


West Windsor, N.J. -- Feel the spirit of the holiday season when the New Jersey Youth Ballet presents its family version of "The Nutcracker" at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre. Danced almost entirely by children and teens, this traditional Christmas ballet is fully narrated and abridged for theater goers of all ages to enjoy. Performances will take place Friday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 19 at 1 and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1 and 4 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Set in 19th century Europe to the magical score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet features wonderful Nutcracker moments, complete with dolls and sweets coming to life, mice and toy soldiers doing battle, and snowflakes dancing in a beautiful snow-covered forest. After each performance, children and parents are invited on stage to meet the dancers, get autographs and take photos.

Directed by David Kieffer and Samantha Wyland, the New Jersey Youth Ballet is based at the Dance Connection of Hillsborough and was started in the fall of 2008 with a mission to bring dance to young people in Central New Jersey and provide performance and training opportunities for aspiring dancers. The dancers range in age from five to eighteen years old and come from around the region. More information about the company is available here.

Tickets for "The Nutcracker" are $12 for all. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333. Free parking is available next to the theatre. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

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