On Monday, December 27, at 1 pm, the Yonkers Public Library will host a Nutcracker Reading and Dance Party via ZOOM. Mary Ann Penzero from Penzero Productions and Crestwood Crew Member Chris Sheerin will read an excerpt from The Nutcracker, followed by a mini instructional dance workshop and dance party.
The origins of the two-act Nutcracker ballet (first performed in 1892) can be found in a short story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” The story focuses on a Nutcracker toy that comes alive and brings a young girl to a magical kingdom. It was Alexandre Dumas’ adaptation of the Hoffmann tale, retitled “The Nutcracker of Nuremberg,” that eventually formed the basis of the ballet composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
Photos of previous Nutcracker programs hosted by the library can be seen in the YPL albums. Click here and here to see images of two events.
The Readers Theater version of the Nutcracker created with Z Baird, Christopher Sheerin and the patrons of the Crestwood Library is the essence of the way the world welcomes people.
From the first gift during the party scene, to the battle scene, to the dances representing a welcome from countries around the world — it all reminds me of how much the Yonkers Public Library welcomes everyone every day.
“A Virtual Nutcracker” directed by Paige Fraser, co-founder of the Paige Fraser Foundation supported by the Crestwood Library, has brought the Nutcracker to art galleries, residential facilities and community centers.
People who have never seen a nutcracker — or who have never experienced a ballet — will have the opportunity, which is at the heart of why artists collaborate.
Join us on December 27th for our 5th annual Nutcracker via ZOOM! Happy Holidays!!
— Mary Ann Penzero
To see the Virtual Variation of The Nutcracker produced by the Paige Fraser Foundation and Penzero Productions, please click here.
The Paige Fraser Foundation (TPFF) was established in 2017 with Lesmah J. Fraser as Founder, President/CEO and Paige Fraser as Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer/ Program Director for Dance. TPFF aims to create a safe space for aspiring young artists, with or without disabilities, to reach their full potential in Dance, Music, Theater and the Visual Arts.
Click here to access the ZOOM link to the Nutcracker Reading and Dance Party on December 27.
Nutcracker books available at the Yonkers Public Library: