Firehouse Center for the Arts hosts Joppa Dance Company as they put a new twist on The Nutcracker, adding regional themes and humor to the tale of a nutcracker doll that comes to life. The Nutbuster is a jazzed up version of The Nutcracker. This year's show will include jazz, ballet, hip-hop and techno, with touches of European style. Our characters are escorted through Bavaria, Paris, Egypt and West Africa by way of fun and dances! We promise a lot of laughs during Clara's and her prince's adventures. Don't miss this local favorite! Fun for the whole family.
The idea for The Nutbuster came years ago when Exit Dance Theatre first brought it to the Firehouse stage in 2004. Exit co-founder Fontaine Dubus went to the company asking for ideas to create an alternative to The Nutcracker ballet. One of Exit's members, Patty Tudisco, was well versed in the traditional production, having cast and choreographed it many times for a Haverhill studio where she taught. Exit company members went scene to scene reshaping the story and adding contemporary touches. It was a great community effort with outlandish costumes made to fit the new themes, like a lobster suit and bike helmets painted chartreuse to represent green-heads.
Sugarplum Fairies donned red bobbed wigs and swayed to the jazzy tunes of Duke Ellington's rendition, titled Sugar Rum Cherry. It was such a fun and successful production that Exit brought it back the next year. Since then Dubus has focused on Joppa Dance Company's holiday performances, with Twelve Days of Christmas, (two years), The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories, and a co-production with Theater in the Open of A Christmas Carol. Last year Exit co-founder and Joppa co-director Cheryl Fisher requested bringing The Nutbuster back. So audiences have her to thank!