Nutcracker 1776

Movember 17, 2013 It's called Nutcracker 1776 and it's a Philly centric spin on the familiar holiday show, featuring everyone from Benjamin Franklin and George Washington to Lady Liberty dressed in the American flag.

Instead of being set in a Victorian parlor, Nutcracker 1776 takes place at Ye Olde City Tavern in the heyday of Colonial- era Philadelphia."It has a lot of energy, a lot of dancing. Benjamin Franklin is the lead older character," explains Bojan Spassoff, President & Director of The Rock School of Dance Education. "He does fire tricks and all kinds of stuff."

While the show takes on a Revolutionary War theme, the original story line and that famous Tchaikovsky score remain the same. And the Rock School's artistic director Stephanie Spassoff says this Nutcracker is a condensed hour- long version designed to keep young children entertained. "We'd love every child in the surrounding areas to be able to see this Nutcracker because it's really done with them in mind."

The Rock School teaches the art of dance to future ballerinas and Broadway and film stars. This is their fourth year staging Nutcracker 1776. "The dancing is terrific," says Bojan Spasoff, "we have amazing dancers from all over the world."

"It's fun. It's dynamic," adds Stephanie Spassoff, "It's great for all ages and you can really relax and enjoy it with your kids."

Nutcracker 1776 will play December 7th, 14th and 15that the Merriam Theatre and the Haverford School's Centennial Hall. For tickets and show times, go to

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