In partnership with Pardee Hospital and Pardee Hospital Foundation, the world premier of The Nutcracker, adapted by Chase Brock from E. T. A. plays November 28 through December 28 at The Playhouse Mainstage. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the rehearsals below.
This new interpretation of the holiday all-dance classic is choreographed by Playhouse YouTheatre alum Chase Brock, choreographer of the Broadway hit, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
The cast also features Gerald Avery, Arielle Campbell, Josh Christopher, Jan Javier, Willis Johnston, Alexandra Lyons, Bradford Rahmlow, Kevin Santos, Macy Sullivan and Micki Weiner - dancers from The Chase Brock Experience (Brock's Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company) as well as from international Theater Productions and dance companies (including Disney's Mary Poppins, Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out, In the Heights, Kansas City Ballet, Cirque du Soleil and MOMIX), along with local Flat Rock performers Lauren Rogers Hopkins and Andrew Hampton Livingston. In addition to the professional performers, 22 of The Playhouse’s own YouTheatre students will also be featured in the production: Molly Bailey, Margaret Butler, Victoria Cambron, Jesse William Capps, Maggie Conner, Louise Cummins, Miriam Cummins, Marie Danos, Lily Goff, Emily Holbert, Nicolas Hopkin, Raja Jalernpan, Ryan Jalernpan, Hannah McCullough, Casey Mentch, Sheridan Mentch, Sarah Grace Paul, Clancy Penny, Samantha Penny, Polly Phillips, Ella Riddle, Luke Umphlett, and Kara Hope Waldbart.
In addition to Chase Brock (adaptation, director, choreographer) and Rob Berman (arrangements, orchestrations, musical director), the creative team for this new adaptation includes costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, Tony award winner for her costumes for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; scenic design by Dennis C. Maulden; lighting design by Stephen Terry; sound design by Bryan Delaney; audio recording by Robert George at Sound Temple Studio in Asheville and mix engineering by Nick Kourtides; projections by James W. Johnson; and properties and set dressing by Paul Feraldi and Ricky Hesson. The team also includes Janine McCabe as assistant costume designer; Josh Christopher as associate director and choreographer; Micki Weiner as assistant choreographer and dance captain; and Lindsey Moss as stage manager. .
Tickets can be purchased, by calling The Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org. Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage is located at 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC.
Photo Credit: James W. Johnson
Chase Brock with Josh Christopher
Chase Brock with Micki Weiner
Chase Brock with Arielle Campbell, Josh Christopher, Kevin Santos, Macy Sullivan, Micki Weiner
Chase Brock with Willis Johnston, Kevin Santos, Macy Sullivan, Micki Weiner
Chase Brock with Alexandra Lyons
Gerald Avery, Arielle Campbell, Chase Brock, Willis Johnston, Alexandra Lyons, Kevin Santos, Micki Weiner
Willis Johnston, Bradford Rahmlow, Macy Sullivan, Gerald Avery, Josh Christopher, Kevin Santos
Bradford Rahmlow, Willis Johnston, Macy Sullivan, Gerald Avery, Josh Christopher
Kevin Santos and Arielle Campbell with YouTheatre students
Kevin Santos and Micki Weiner with YouTheatre students