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NEW JERSEY: American Repertory Ballet's "Nutcracker" with Special Guests

NEW JERSEY: American Repertory Ballet's "Nutcracker" with Special Guests


American Repertory Ballet


Various locations


Friday, November 29, 2019 - 7:30pm daily through November 30, 2019, 2:00pm daily through November 30, 2019
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 1:00pm daily through November 30, 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 2:00pm daily through November 30, 2019, 7:30pm daily through November 30, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:30pm daily through November 30, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 2:00pm daily through November 30, 2019, 7:00pm daily through November 30, 2019
Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 1:00pm daily through November 30, 2019, 5:00pm daily through November 30, 2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 2:00pm daily through November 30, 2019



American Repertory Ballet

Ring in the holiday season with American Repertory Ballet’s (ARB) annual production of Nutcracker.  With 15 performances throughout New Jersey, including Rahway, Princeton, Asbury Park, New Brunswick, and Trenton, this festive family-friendly ballet is guaranteed to make your holiday spirits soar!  

The season opens on Saturday, November 23 at Union County PerformingArts Center in Rahway at 7:30 pm.  On Sunday, November 24 at 1:00 pm, ARB will present an abridged, one-hour sensory friendly performances for children and adults with special needs. The performance is made possible by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders as part of the UC Sensory Friendly Theater series. 

“ARB’s Nutcracker is a timeless family tradition and a wonderful way to celebrate the magic of the season,” says Executive Director Julie Diana Hench. “It’s a great introduction for all ages to professional ballet, and a treat for our dancers, knowing that it brings such joy to audiences year after year.”

For the first time in his new role as ARB’s newly-appointed Ballet Master (and since retiring as a former Principal Dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet), Ian Hussey, will portray the mysterious and magical Uncle Drosselmeyer.  Following a distinguished 15-year professional career, Mr. Hussey retired in May 2019 from the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Back by popular demand, ARB welcomes special guest New York City Ballet Soloist Unity Phelan back to the iconic role of the Sugar Plum Fairy for two performances at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre Center on Friday, November 29 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm.  Born in Princeton, Ms. Phelan began her dance training at the age of five at the Princeton Ballet School. Ms. Phelan has been called by the New York Times, “The most elegantly and glamorously poetic of the younger generation.” She will be accompanied by New York City Ballet’s Adrian Danchig-Waring, whose commanding talent has earned him the rank of principal dancer.

For 5 performances from December 13 through 15:  ARB’s Nutcracker features a live orchestra and the soaring voices of Princeton Girlchoir at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick. 

This holiday season, ARB adds a new venue to its Nutcracker tour with two performances at the legendary Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park on Saturday, December 7 at 2pm and 7:30 pm. 

ARB wraps up its Nutcracker season with a final performance at the Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton on Sunday, December 21 at 2 pm. 

With Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning sets, thrilling choreography, and a cast of more than 100 performers, American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition for over 50 years.  Joining ARB’s professional company will be students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. 

This joyous classic will leave you with cherished memories for years to come. Audience members will have the opportunity to have a photo taken with characters from the ballet, and visit ARB’s Nutcracker Boutique filled with unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. 

For a complete performance schedule, please visit arballet.org or call 732.249.1254, x23. 



Union County Performing Arts Center | Rahway, NJ | ucpac.org

Saturday, November 23 | 7:30pm

Sunday,  November 24 | 1pm Sensory-Friendly performance


McCarter Theatre Center | Princeton NJ | mccarter.org

Friday, November 29 | 2pm and 7:30pm featuring NYCB Soloist Unity Phelan

Saturday, November 30 | 2pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, December 1 | 1pm


Paramount Theatre | Asbury Park, NJ  | apboardwalk.com/news/events/nutcracker

Saturday, December 7 | 2pm and 7:30pm 


State Theatre New Jersey | New Brunswick, NJ | stnj.org

The only American Repertory Ballet performances featuring a live orchestra and

Princeton Girlchoir

Friday, December 13 | 7:30pm

Saturday, December 14 | 2pm and 7pm

Sunday, December 15| 1pm and 5pm


Patriots Theater at the War Memorial | Trenton, NJ | arballet.org 

Sunday, December 21 | 2pm 


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