Arts

The Tradition Continues – Southern NH Dance Theater Presents Holiday Classic, The Nutcracker at Palace Theatre 

       MANCHESTER – Enjoy the magic and beauty of the timeless classic, The Nutcracker, this holiday season as Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater performs this holiday classic at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Manchester, Friday, November 18th through Sunday, November 20th. 

       The twenty-second annual performance, boasts a cast of over sixty talented dancers and performers, including talented guest artists joining The Nutcracker cast this year including Zack Betty, Nick Betty-Neagle, Nathan Duszy, Assaf Benchetrit, Fred Davis, Erika Davis and more. “The holiday season is not complete without this annual tradition that we are proud to present again this year,” stated Peter Ramsey, President of the Palace Theatre. 

       Assaf Bencherit returns to The Nutcracker stage to perform the roles of

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Hadley Horner (front) of Amherst

Cavalier and Arabian Soloist and Cavalier. Assaf Benchetrit began his studies at the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel. Upon graduation, he danced with the Jerusalem Dance Theater, the Panov Ballet, and later with The Israeli National Ballet Company. Assaf has danced with companies such as The Joffrey, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Portland Ballet, and Gelsey Kirkland Ballet. Fred Davis will perform the roles of Snow King, Cavalier and Arabian Soloist. He is a former member of the World-Renown Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City. He has also made guest appearances with professional companies in Alaska, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Mr. Davis will be joined on stage by Zack Betty performing the role of the Nutcracker Prince. Mr. Betty received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. He is the Co-Artistic Director for NSquared Dance, a New Hampshire based contemporary dance

company and a former member of Keigwin & Company (2014-2019), a prestigious New York City modern dance company where he toured with the company nationally and internationally. 

       Nathan Duszny will perform the roles of Drosselmeyer, Snow King and the Spanish Soloist. His dance credits include 1st National Tour Finding Neverland, National Tour Beauty and the Beast, 1st National Tour Flashdance, Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular, Hairspray, The Chase Brock Experience, She Loves Me, Hello Dolly, and more. Nick Neagle will perform the roles of Soldier Doll, Mouse King Spanish Soloist and Candy Cane Soloist. Mr. Neagle holds a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College and co-founded the NSquared Dance Company in 2014. Nick has self-produced three shows in New York City and two domestic tours to Portland, Maine. He has shown works in over twenty-five festivals and is a recurring choreographer for the Queensboro Dance Festival and the Moving Beauty Series, among others. New to the professional cast this year is John Beatrice who will perform the roles of Spanish Dancer and Chinese Soloist. John grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he started his ballet training at the age of seventeen with Claudia Rudolf Barret at Ballet Tech of Ohio. He continued his training at various ballet schools around the country, including Charlotte Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet. John went on to dance professionally with the Indianapolis Ballet at the Toby, Murat, and District theaters, where he performed a variety of works including George Balanchines’ “Rubies,” “Who Cares,” and “Allegro Brillante.”  

       Other lead roles will be performed by Southern NH Dance Theater company dancers including Hadley Hornor of Amherst (Clara, Mirliton Corps, Chinese Soloist) along with many more local talented area youth.

       For over twenty seasons Southern NH Dance Theater has established a reputation for offering high-caliber professional performances and this year’s production of The Nutcracker is a time-honored tradition that you will not want to miss. The delicate costumes, engaging and vivid imagery all in a safe, fun environment. This holiday classic is a tradition for the whole family to enjoy. The 22nd annual production of The Nutcracker will be performed Friday, November 18th through Sunday, November 20th. For show times and ticket information call the Palace Theatre Box Office at 603.668.5588 or visit www.palacetheatre.org or www.snhdt.org

Peacock Players Brings Dolly Parton with "9 to 5 the Musical".

     NASHUA – Peacock Players announces their Teen Mainstage Production of Dolly Parton’s musical 9 to 5. This production features area students between the ages of 14 and 18 and is rated PG-13. The show is directed by Executive Director Elle Millar, choreographed by Catherine

Santos, and co-music directed by Elle Millar and Karina Allayne.

This musical is a stage adaptation of the 1980 hit film “9 to 5”, with music and lyrics by beloved music icon Dolly Parton. The story follows three secretaries, Violet (Grace Giannetti of Amherst), Judy (Sofia Santoro of Groton), and Doralee (Rae Pizzi of Londonderry) and their plan to get revenge on their sexist boss, Mr. Hart (Mollymauk Draven of Dunstable) while avoiding the shrewd eye of his biggest flunky, Roz (Sophia Scribner of Nashua).

     This is the first full teen mainstage production under the guidance of the company’s new Executive Director, Elle Millar. “When we were planning the fall season, I wanted to bring shows that felt familiar to our audiences, but also fresh. 9 to 5 is based on a beloved film with an iconic title song, but has also never been performed in Nashua. The show is hilarious and the themes are quite relevant to today. It was a perfect choice!”     The cast and crew have embraced the plot and characters, based on the classic film, and are eager to bring them to life. Sophia Scribner, who plays Roz, said “Roz is a very interesting character. Her Infatuation with Mr. Hart is really intriguing to me because Hart is such an awful person.” When describing the challenges of playing the role, Scribner explained, the difficulties of her character’s main comedic song, “Heart to Hart”. “Some of the notes start at the very bottom of my range and then go up to belting very quickly. I also have to sing this song while

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Grace Giannetti (Violet), Rae Pizzi (Doralee), and Sofia Santoro (Judy) rehearse the song "Change It"

moving all around the stage and even laying down on a desk. Still, the challenging aspects of this song make it so much fun to perform.”

       The show performs the weekends of November 11th and 18th, with performances at 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Productions will be at the Janice Streeter Theatre, located at 14 Court Street in Nashua. Tickets at www.peacockplayers.org