A Special 25th Performance of “The Nutcracker”

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The New Jersey Foundation for Dance and Theatre Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has been presenting “The Nutcracker” in the North Jersey area for over two decades. This year they are extremely proud to celebrate the 25th Silver Anniversary performance. This exciting production is considered one of New Jersey’s finest theatrical
presentations. Critics have called it a “superb production of ‘The Nutcracker’ with a twist.”

We are introduced to a musical theatre presentation of 1800’s festive carolers on their way to the Silberhause Party singing songs of seasonal joy and merriment, with delightful dances entwined.

Once inside the Silberhause home, the party guests enter and the party begins. The children play games, and everyone enjoys dances. However: all stops when Clara’s Godfather, Drosselmeyer, arrives. Drosselmeyer – a creator of wonderful, magical things has brought presents for all the children. Life-sized Ballerina Dolls and Tapping Soldier Dolls delight the party guests.

Clara receives a wonderful Nutcracker, but jealous Sabriana and Lousia steal it away and break the beautiful gift. Drosselmeyer then casts a spell upon the broken Nutcracker changing Clara’s world in ways she could never imagine. Astounding acrobatic mice appear! They wreak havoc and do battle with tapping toy soldiers in a ferrous
fight with real swords! The Christmas tree grows to great heights. The Grandfather clock comes to life, and just when all hope seems lost – Clara saves her Nutcracker from the Mouse Queen. The Nutcracker transforms into the heroic Prince, just as the snow begins to fall.

The Prince and Clara meet, and journey together into his fantastical land. They meet Mother Ginger and her clowns. The Dew Drop Fairy with her candied roses dancing the glorious Waltz of the Flowers. And finally, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier perform a Grand Pas de Deux. Everyone joins the farewell waltz, as the Court pays
their final tribute to the little girl who saved the Prince.

The Artistic Director, Nancy King, is deeply delighted to announce this year’s Sugar Plum Fairy is an alumna of The American Youth Dance Company: Miss Giulia Griffith, now a professional dancer performing around the world. Mr. Alfonse Napolitano of Parsippany – a graduate of Montclair State University will perform the roles of Cavalier and The Snow King. The role of Drosselmeyer shall be portrayed by professional actor, Robert L. Kerstner of Wurtsboro, New York.

The role of Clara will be shared by Emma Gabriel of Ringwood, and Erin Montague of Haskell. Fritz will be performed by Allison Crone of Ringwood, and Kate Kohlhase of Haskell. Sydney Smith of Ramsey, and Isabella DiLorenzo of Kinnelon will share the part of Sabrina. And Louisa will be played by Mackenzie Giampietro of Wyckoff, and Hailey Gruenler of West Milford. The Prince will be played by Gabrielle Rice of Wyckoff, and Soren Schwerner of Hewitt.

Cast leads will include: The Snow Queen: Jocelyn Geisel of West Milford, and Laura Westcott of Ridgewood. Dew Drop: Jocelyn Geisel, Laura Westcott, and Rachel Muhleisen of Wyckoff. Marzipan Lead: Rachel Muhleisen, Katie Muhleisen of Wyckoff, and Jocelyn Geisel of West Milford. Arabian Leads: Josie Ugliono of West Milford, Livia Janjigian of Ridgewood, and Alyssa Tragna of Wyckoff. Russian Leads: Annie Wogisch, Livia Janjigian, and Laura Westcott. The Spanish Corps will be led by: Lauren Coyman of West Milford, Annie Wogisch of Ringwood, and Josie Ugliono.

Kick your holiday season off right with NJF’s, “The Nutcracker!”
Performances will be held on Saturday, November 23rd at Bergen County Academies at 200 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack NJ with showtimes at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. All seats are reserved with ticketing as follows: $25 for Orchestra seating and $20 for all other seats. To purchase tickets, visit http://tickets.shovation.com/NJFDanceAndTheatreArtsTheNutcracker2019

A limited number of tickets will be sold at the venue the day of the performances. A special school and senior citizen performance will be presented on Friday, November 22nd at 10:00 am at a special price. For further information, please contact the
New Jersey Foundation for Dance and Theatre Arts at tickets.njfnutcracker@gmail.com or call 973-839-3022.

Comedy Night!

Save the Date for our first ever Comedy Night! Saturday, January 26th, 2019!


Please join us at our annual NJF Dinner Fundraiser.  This year will be a comedy night complete with mini tricky tray and raffles. Your ticket will include a comedy show, 2 drinks from the bar (choice of beer, wine or cocktail and cash bar thereafter), full hot dinner buffet including salad and appetizer, complete with dessert. tea and coffee. (*There will be a gluten free option and must be noted on ticket form.)
No Tickets will be sold at the door.  $65 pp if purchased by 1/17. (no exceptions) After 1/17/19 tickets will be available for purchase up to 1/23/19 only and will be $75.
Tickets are non-refundable once purchased. Cash or Check only ( payable to NJF).
If you have any questions, please feel free to email at njfundraising@gmail.com. Thanks and lookng forward to starting off 2019 with lots of laughs!

To Download our Flyer and Ticket Form Click HERE!

The Nutcracker 2018

The New Jersey Foundation for Dance and Theatre Arts and Artistic Director, Nancy C. King present their 24th performance of “The Nutrcracker”.

Tickets are on sale NOW for the 2018 performance of The Nutcracker! CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Here are some highlights from our 2015 Nutcracker!

Bella Notte Dinner & Fundraiser


Join us on Saturday, January 27th for the Bella Notte Dinner & Tricky Tray Fundraiser! The event will be held at Cupsaw Clubhouse from 7:00pm-11:00pm in Ringwood, NJ!

We invite you to bring friends and family to join us! We have secured many great prizes and are working on more.

Purchase your ticket by January 10th , $50 pp and includes 2 sheets of standard basket tickets! If purchased after January 10th, tickets are $60 pp and include 1 sheet of standard basket tickets.

Adult only event
50/50 tickets, top tier prize tickets, Grand Prizes tickets will also be available
Dinner Catered by the Market Basket of Franklin Lakes (details on the flyer)
Tables of 10( either send in your table of 10 or we will gladly help place you)
Cash or check payable to NJF.
Fill out form on back of flyer and submit with payment to anyone listed below or the front desk
If coordinating a table, its helpful to submit one check for the whole table.

Click HERE to download the flyer & ticket form!

AYDC Holiday Party & AYDC Parent Eggnog and Cookie Party

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On Saturday, December 16th at our Mahwah Studio we had our Annual AYDC Holiday Party! This year we also had an AYDC Parents Bring Your Own Eggnog & Cookie Party. Both events were so much fun! The dancers exchanged gifts with their dance “families” and “Big Sister/Little Sisters” then they each made an ornament that they could take home with them. After the activities were over, the dancers put on a holiday show for the parents with dances they had been working on all week in class! We love celebrating the Holidays together as one big KC Family!

ONE Day until GREASE!

Check out this sneak peak of GREASE from dress rehearsal last night at Lakeland High School! Online ticket sales end tonight at MIDNIGHT and you can still purchase tickets at the door tomorrow before the shows at 2pm & 7pm. Break a Leg to our Cast & Crew!

Click this Link to purchase your tickets: https://tickets.shovation.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=394