South Jersey Ballet Theatre Announces 25th Anniversary Nutcracker Season

Performances to run from Friday, Dec. 16 through Sunday, Sec. 18 at the Voorhees School Theatre

South Jersey Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Andrea Duffin Conway is thrilled to announce the company’s 25th Anniversary production of The Nutcracker. The famous full length ballet and holiday season favorite will feature iconic music by Peter Ilyich Tchailkovsky and exceptional performances by children of all ages.

“I am always excited to provide our students with an opportunity to experience this magical and heartwarming family favorite,” Duffin said. “Each full length production is an opportunity to gain valuable performance experience, but being part of the 25th Anniversary production has added a level of excitement that is felt throughout the cast.”

A ballet for audiences of all ages, The Nutcracker tells the story of young Clara, who dreams of a Nutcracker prince who whisks her off through a magical wintry landscape to the kingdom of the Sugarplum Fairy. This year’s production will feature Samantha Pecan, an Eastern Regional High School Senior, as the Sugarplum Fairy and guest artist Jonathan Tavares as her Cavalier.

The full list of lead roles includes:

Samantha Pecan, Eastern Regional High School Voorhees Senior, Sugarplum Fairy (12th year performing)
Giana Carroll, Cherokee High School Marlton Junior, Snow Queen/Dew Drop Fairy
Kasey Hogeboom, Moorestown High School Sophomore, Snow Queen/Dew Drop Fairy
Alyssa Sawka, Voorhees Middle School, Clara
Madeline Talbot, Seneca High School Senior, Clara
Elizabeth Safaryn, Moorestown High School Junior, Kissy Doll/Arabian Lead
Jillian Shields, Gloucester County Christian Academy Junior, Soldier Doll/Candy Cane Lead
Cami Alexy, Cherokee High School Freshman, Soldier Doll/Marzipan Lead/Spanish Lead
Caraline Christie, Cherokee High School Sophomore, Kissy Doll/Marzipan Lead/Spanish Lead
Laura Daily, Cherokee High School Freshman, Spanish Lead/Candy Cane Lead
Brie Leftwich, Cherry Hill High School West Sophomore, Spanish Lead/Candy Cane Lead

The Nutcracker will debut Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances Saturday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m. Girl Scouts and other student groups will have an opportunity to meet the Company after the Friday and Saturday 4:30 p.m. shows at a special ticket rate. All performances will take place at Voorhees Middle School on Holly Oak Drive in Voorhees.

South Jersey Ballet Theatre is a 501©3 not for profit educational organization which provides dancers ages 5 through 18 from throughout South Jersey an opportunity to participate in a full-length ballet production.