Two Cherry Hill actors to perform leads in ‘The Nutcracker’

South Jersey Ballet Theatre’s production of ‘The Nutcracker’ will open Dec. 14 at Voorhees School Theatre.

Two Cherry Hill residents will have lead roles in this year’s South Jersey Ballet Theatre production of “The Nutcracker.”

Cherry Hill High School West seniors Brynn Fletcher and Brie Leftwich will both perform in the show. Fletcher will perform as a Soldier Doll and Candy Cane Lead, while Leftwich will play the Arabian Lead and Candy Cane Lead.

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 young dancers from our community with an opportunity to experience this magical and heartwarming family favorite,” Artistic Director Andrea Duffin Conway said. “Each full length production is an opportunity to gain valuable performance experience in the rich tradition of classical ballet.”

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 South Jersey Ballet Theatre’s graduating high school seniors Kasey Hogeboom of Moorestown High School as the Sugarplum Fairy and Caraline Christie of Cherokee High School in the role of Dew Drop Fairy. Additional leads include Cami Alexy of Cherokee High School as the Snow Queen, as well as Jessica Pratt of Classical Conversations and Alyssa Sawka of Eastern Regional High School, each dancing the role of Clara.

The Nutcracker will debut Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16th 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. Tickets will be available at the Theatre Box Office or visit www.southjerseyballet.com for more information.