The Tuscarawas Dance Arts Center will present the 30th “Nutcracker” on December 2, 3 and 4

NEW PHILADELPHIA — The Tuscarawas Dance Arts Center, under the direction of Shelly Beitzel, is gearing up for its 30th annual production of the Nutcracker ballet.

Performances will be held at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia at 7 p.m. on December 2; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 3; and 2 p.m. on December 4.

The dancers pose for a group photo during the rehearsal of "Nutcracker" at the Tuscarawas Dance Arts Center.  Pictured from left, seated are: Laney Lanzer, Kiley McIntosh, Riley Randolph, Zoe Devecka, Alexandria Sica and Lydia Dummermuth.  Back row from left: Sydney Hilton, Eric Lanzer, Zoey Minard, Sierra Minard, Jacob Flood and Camryn McGlumphy.

This year, Sugar Plum Fairy will be danced by Zoey Minard, a senior from Strasbourg high school, and Zoe Devecka, a junior from Dover High.

Sharing the role of Clara, Dover junior Kiley McIntosh and Dover senior Camryn McGlumphy. New Philadelphia seniors Riley Randolph and Marilyn Stokey will share the role of Dew Drop.

Also featured are Allie Bonvechio and Sydney Hilton as the Snow Queen and Laney Lanzer and Alexandria Sica, who will share the role of the Arab. The Flute Dance will be shared by Sierra Minard, Kwynn Tristano, Lyv McGraw and Elle Baughman. Jacob Flood, a Dover junior, and Eric Lanzer, a Dover senior, will play the roles of the Prince and the Horseman.

The dancers rehearse "Nutcracker" at the Tuscarawas Dance Arts Center in Dover.

Production began at the Little Theater in New Philadelphia. After 14 years, he moved to Founders Hall at KSU Tuscarawas. With a relationship already established with the university, the transition to the new center, the Performing Arts Center, was smooth, Beitzel said.

During the COVID pandemic, when the PAC was closed, the performance was moved to the Ohio Star Theater in Sugarcreek, with limited seating and dancers and audience members wearing face coverings.

A ballerina walks the halls during the rehearsal of "Nutcracker" at the Tuscarawas Dance Arts Center.

In honor of the 30th anniversary, there will be live music and a slideshow of past performances in the lobby before each performance. Tickets are $18. They can be purchased at the Kent State box office or online at

Laney Lanzer rehearses "Nutcracker" at the Tuscarawas Dance Arts Center in Dover.

William E. Bennett