The holidays are always the busiest time at The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre and Children's Theatre. Over the years, some of the most popular shows at the theatre have been its Christmas productions. From Frosty the Snow Man to Santa's elves to the furry characters from the children's book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree, they have all helped to celebrate the joy of the season in the Children's Theatre at one time or another.
This season's holiday production will add a new show to the Children's Theatre collection as Way Off Broadway works its magic on a true Christmas classic with the original children's musical Clara & the Nutcracker Prince. Written by Bill Kiska, Way Off Broadway's Executive Producer, Clara & the Nutcracker Prince is a musical adaptation based on the works of E.T.A. Hoffmann and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Drawing on Tchaikovsky's ballet, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince carries the audience away as the Prince introduces Clara to a world of fantasy. From the Sugar Plum Fairy to the Mouse King, Clara is taken on a magical holiday adventure neither she nor the audience will ever forget.
Making her first appearance in the Children's Theatre at Way Off Broadway are Chelsea Bondarenko. Joining her onstage is a cast of Children's Theatre veterans made up of Jessica Billones, Matthew Crawford, Ryan Patrick Kane, Bill Kiska, Jaimie Lea Kiska, Sarah Melinda, Jordan B. Stocksdale, and Joseph Waeyaert as the Nutcracker Prince.
Way Off Broadway's production of Clara & the Nutcracker Prince runs from November 10 – December 29 and is directed by Jordan B. Stocksdale with original lyrics by Kiska and Stocksdale.
Children's Theatre performances are every Saturday afternoon and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, as well as select added weekday performances throughout the run. Tickets are $17 per person with birthday party packages also available. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the theatre or calling the Box Office at (301) 662-6600.
To learn about all of Way Off Broadway's productions visit the theatre's website at www.wayoffbroadway.com.
The Children's Theatre is part of The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, a leader in the region's performing arts community since it first opened in 1995. Under the direction of the Kiska Family since 2002, Way Off Broadway has produced such productions as A Funny Thing . . . Forum, Guys & Dolls, Steel Magnolias, Oklahoma!, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, The Odd Couple, A Chorus Line, Lend Me a Tenor, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Evita, Cats, The Full Monty, South Pacific, and Hairspray, South Pacific, and Chicago, as well as the regional and/or area premieres of Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl - The Musical, Jerry Herman's La Cage aux Folles, the musical comedy The Wedding Singer, Mel Brooks' The Producers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Located along Route 40 West, the Golden Mile in Frederick, the theatre also produces a one-of-a-kind children's lunch theatre, as well as a number of special events throughout the year. www.wayoffbroadway.com