Brief: It Takes a Village, Inc. presents ‘The Chocolate Nutcracker’

Staff Report

“The Chocolate Nutcracker” is an “urban, multicultural twist” on “The Nutcracker,” the story-turned-ballet by E.T.A. Hoffman. The production is being put on by It Takes a Village, Inc., a nonprofit performing arts center and will act as a fundraiser for various local scholarships and community programs.

The production will be an adaptation of the original ballet. It will include updated selections of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s score, such as Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, and new dancing styles like hip-hop, jazz, African, praise, stepping and contemporary as well as ballet. The story will follow Claire and her Chocolate Nutcracker as they are led through a dream world by the Dream Princess.

Tickets to “The Chocolate Nutcracker” are now available through It Takes a Village, Inc. at (785) 580-9707. Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for senior citizens ages 62 and older, and $8 for youth ages twelve and under. The performances will be 7 p.m. Nov. 28 and 3 p.m. Nov. 29. Both performances will be at the Topeka Preforming Arts Center.