Monday, November 5, 2018

Holiday Music, Ballet, Storytelling Slated at RVCC Theatre

Spanish Variation in the Great Russian Nutcracker

Celebrate the holidays at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg with performances featuring holiday music, classical ballet and great storytelling. The following shows will be presented in December:

A Joyful Christmas (Eileen Ivers), Saturday, December 1, at 8 p.m.; $25 & $35

Eileen IversWorld-renowned violinist Eileen Ivers and her band capture the spirit and magic of the season in her heartwarming Christmas holiday show. All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and music star of Riverdance, Ivers has established herself as the world’s preeminent exponent of the Irish fiddle. This program of American and Irish songs, original tunes and holiday favorites exemplifies the true meaning of Christmas. From the first note to the rousing finale, audiences of all ages are taken on a joyous musical journey. It’s a concert for the entire family that celebrates the pure spirit of the season.

The Great Russian Nutcracker (Moscow Ballet), Friday, December 7, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $40 & $50

Moscow Ballet’s spectacular scenic design, gorgeous costumes and the exquisite artistry of 40 top Russian dancers have made The Great Russian Nutcracker an American holiday tradition not to be missed. This critically acclaimed production entertains with new characters and larger-than-life puppets set against a stunning backdrop. An ethereal Dove, a messenger of peace, leads Masha and the Nutcracker to the peaceful kingdom. Beloved Russian fairytale characters, Father Christmas and his granddaughter the Snow Maiden, add to the whimsical and imaginative storytelling that sets this Nutcracker apart. As is the custom, the students of Gotta Dance will perform along with the professional dancers of the world-renowned company. Caroline Hidalgo and Gillian Peterson coordinate the auditions and rehearsals for the approximately 100 young dancers from Gotta Dance, which has studios in Martinsville, Warren, Basking Ridge and Branchburg.

The production will be enhanced by a special Nutcracker Tea Party event, Friday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m., in the RVCC Atrium. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for children. This unique holiday event, perfect for children and their families, will be held between performances of The Great Russian Nutcracker. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous assortment of home-baked sweet treats, seasonal tea and homemade hot cocoa. And, as an extra-special treat, each child can have his or her picture taken with a Moscow Ballet ballerina—a special keepsake from an unforgettable evening. The photo is included in the ticket price. The event is recommended for children age four and older.

The Night Before Christmas CarolThe Night Before Christmas Carol (David zum Brunnen), Tuesday, December 11, at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.; $15 (General admission; recommended for audiences age 14 and older; includes discussion and light refreshments; audience members may pre-order a $5 box lunch and dine before the 1 p.m. show.)

Join Charles Dickens in his study on Friday, October 13, 1843 as history, humor and the holiday come to life. Written by renowned Dickens scholar and author, Dr. Elliot Engel, The Night Before Christmas Carol gives audiences a humorous (and historically accurate) glimpse into the life of the real Dickens and his inspirations for his world-famous wintry morality tale. Gifted actor David zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens and 17 familiar characters in an energetic and acclaimed performance, giving personal, social and historical context to the ghostly classic.

Those attending are asked to participate in the Theatre’s book exchange by bringing a previously read novel and then taking one from the lobby display.

For tickets to any of the productions, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at Subscribers’ packages are available for most Theatre series. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances.

RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit

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