The Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company whose studio is located at 72 W. Main Street in Pottstown, will perform a “brand new to the community” version of the classic “Nutcracker” to as part of the its 40th Anniversary Season celebration on Dec. 3rd at 7:30pm as well as on Dec. 4th at 2pm. Both dance performances will be held at the Hill School Center for the Arts located at 860 Beech Street street in Pottstown, and the phone number for the auditorium is 610-326-1000.
Choreography will be set by former Kirov principals Andrei Ustinov and Elena Martinson, based on the original choreography set by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivonov. Artistic Director, Michelle Jones Wurtz, will also be assisting with choreographic input, as will alumnus Diane Alex-Brody; and both Diane and Michelle will have a short cameo appearance in the production to enhance the celebration.
This years production will showcase the talents of over 80 dancers; all that live and/or work in the Tri-County Area including guest artist Elrey Belmonti. Pieces that have been completely altered from previous “SVRDC Nutcracker” performances include “The Waltz of the Snowflakes”, “Arabian
Coffee”, “Chinese Tea”, “Dance of the Reed Pipes” and “Waltz of the Flowers”. Other sections have been updated to enhance and compliment the new works. Not one section has been re-mounted without some new updates or creative enhancements.
“The great thing about ‘The Nutcracker’ is you don’t have to be a huge dance enthusiast to enjoy it” said Ms. Wurtz when discussing the production. “People
view it as part of their family Holiday tradition.” If you’re interested in seeing “The Nutcracker” locally without the trek to Center City, this is the
production to support. Tickets range in price from $15 to $20 and there are group rates available. Last year performances almost sold
out in a theater that houses over 700 seats. For more information,visit the Company website at www.svrdc.org or call the Company at 484-941-0683.
Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company was founded in 1971 by Phyllis Dersh Rudzitis and is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting dance in the community, governed by a dedicated Board of Directors and is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, (a state funded agency) and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federally funded agency).
The SVRDC provides many opportunities to dancers, ages 7 years and older, to experience on-stage shows. Their mission is to foster appreciation for all forms of dance through the joy and beauty of live performances, to give qualified dance students professional performance opportunities and to be a springboard for the highest expectations of dance and choreography.”