A Nutcracker Panto!

Presented by Theater in the Open and Firehouse Center for the Arts

Come with us as panto and ballet collide in a delicious mix of sugar plums and pies-in-the-face, dance and comedy, fairies and snowballs!

Two Weekends: Eight Shows!
December 9-11 and 16-18, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 3:00pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Sunday, December 11, 2016 @ 3:00pm

Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 3:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 3:00pm

Friday, December 23, 2016 @ 7:00pm

$16.00 Adults
$14.00 Members, Seniors, Students

The tree is lit up and the stockings are hung and Clara's Christmas is perfect...except for her Uncle Drosselmeyer sitting up on that clock and the sudden rat infestation...sounds like panto time!

Edward Speck and Joshua Shack return to direct another cracking holiday panto, this time seizing on Tchaikovsky's classic holiday tale to do what panto does best: make a favorite old story new and particular to our place and time again.  What does Clara's magical journey have to teach us?  How many nuts would a nutcracker crack if a nutcracker could crack nuts?  Let's find out! 

Come with us as panto and ballet collide in a delicious mix of sugar plums and pies-in-the-face, dance and comedy, fairies and snowballs, in A Nutcracker Panto!

Wondering what, exactly, a Panto is? Pantomime, or panto, is a long-standing musical-comedy theatrical tradition, performed throughout the United Kingdom, often during the holiday season. Panto is playful, inventive family entertainment that begins with a familiar story or fairy tale, then takes off from there. Part of the fun with panto is the audience participation — it takes only a few minutes to realize that the actors are having as much fun as the audience! With panto, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy, young and old, alike.

About Theater in the Open: For 37 seasons, Theater in the Open has been transforming the magical tradition of storytelling into theater that is open and accessible to all. Using puppetry, pageantry, music, movement and acting, TITO presents and explores myths, classic literature, original scripts, and modern dramas that reflect the diversity of cultures around us. For more information about Theater in the Open please visit their website at www.theaterintheopen.org


tito coat driveTiny Tim's Cans and Coats Drive! Audience members of Theater in the Open's "A Nutcracker Panto!" are encouraged to bring toiletries, canned soups, or coats to the show - one of the characters in the show will come through the audience and collect them for The Pettengill House in Salisbury!

Here are some suggested “Most Needed” items for the food pantry that are frequently in short supply: * Children’s healthy snacks – Some examples include Nutri-bars, kid’s fruit snacks, kid’s healthy fruit cups, granola breakfast bars, etc. * Another category needy families are always in need of are toiletries. Needless to say, all the regular personal care items we take for granted such as toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, body wash, shampoo, deodorant, etc. The Pettengill House serves so many families with small children, diapers are always a big need (especially the larger sizes 4, 5, 6 and pull-ups) along with baby wipes. Some other items include facial tissue, paper towels, laundry soap, dish soap, plastic utensils, paper plates, cups, can openers.

Many thanks!

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