Directed by David Saint, the cast features Peter Scolari in a variety of roles and Annie Golden as the Sugar Rush Fairy with Haley Carlucci, Nick Dalton, AJ Shively, Ed Staudenmayer and 13-year-old newcomer Aidan Benavides.
The production, which utilizes the music from the original Tchaikovsky score with a new story and original lyrics, is described as such: "At a chaotic dress rehearsal for the local dance company’s annual production of 'The Nutcracker Ballet,' the lead dancer has an unfortunate accident with a prop Christmas tree – bringing new meaning to the old adage 'break-a leg!' When the pain killers kick in and vision of sugar plums dance in her head, we’re off for a wild adventure in Snow Globe City with a life-sized Nutcracker (of course) and the Sugar Rush Fairy in hot pursuit."
The creative team also includes choreographer Joseph Simeone, music director and arranger David Caldwell, scenic designer James Youmans, costume designer David Murin, lighting designer Joe Saint, sound designer Dan Moses Schreier and projection designer Steve Channon.
“I have known Gerard since we were both growing up in Massachusetts and he was writing parodies to Christmas carols,” said director Saint in a previous statement. “I am so pleased to be bringing this hilarious holiday farce to life in New Brunswick. We have assembled an amazingly talented cast, and a slate of extraordinary designers as well, and I am thrilled to be bringing them all to George Street for the enjoyment of our patrons and their families.”
Performances play through Dec. 31. Tickets are available through the George Street Playhouse Box Office, (732) 246-7717 and online at www.GSPonline.org. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue.