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‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Christmas Carol’ performances on Long Island

Long Island Ballet Theatre presents its 30th anniversary

Long Island Ballet Theatre presents its 30th anniversary performances of "The Nutcracker" at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington. Credit: Darin Reed

In case the kitchen holds you captive Thursday morning and you miss the news flash at the end of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Santa’s back in town. It’s now just days from the official start of the holiday season. Theaters and performing arts centers across Long Island will be devoted largely to winter holiday fare — principally “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol.”

Some choices, starting Friday:


For 17 years, Long Island Ballet Theatre has marked the opening of “The Nutcracker” season with Thanksgiving weekend performances at Port Washington’s Landmark on Main Street. The Huntington-based company celebrates its 30th anniversary with an easy-to-follow narrated score. For an extra $10, kids can meet the cast and take selfies onstage in a “Kingdom of Sweets” reception ($25-$40; 631-271-4626,

Among other “Nutcrackers,” two are performed to the accompaniment of a live orchestra. Leggz Ltd. Dance performs the Tchaikovsky ballet with dancers from Broadway’s “An American in Paris” and “Billy Elliott” and music played by the South Shore Symphony, Dec. 2-4, Madison Theatre at Molloy College, Rockville Centre ($25-$39; 516-323-4444,

At the Patchogue Theatre, Ovations Dance Repertory presents “The Nutcracker Suite” with the Atlantic Wind Symphony Dec. 10-11 ($15-$30; 631-207-1313,

If it’s classic versions you want, Frank Ohman’s New York Dance Theatre presents its 35th annual performance of Balanchine’s choreography for the New York City Ballet, when Ohman was a member of the troupe. It’s Dec. 17 and 18 at Hofstra University’s newly refurbished Adams Playhouse ($32-$42; 631-462-6266

On the same dates, Lumiere Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” codirected by Svetlana Caton and Venti Petrov, performs the original Russian choreography of Petipa and Ivanov at SUNY Old Westbury’s Maguire Theater ($25-$30; 631-586-2921,

At Stony Brook University’s Staller Center, Russian-born Valia Seiskaya, founder of her namesake company, choreographs in the classic style for performances Dec. 16-19 ($34-$40 with $5 discount if purchased by Dec. 1; 631-862-1722,

One of Long Island’s biggest “Nutcracker” draws is the Eglevsky Ballet at Tilles Center, Dec. 17 and 18, this year featuring Alison Stroming and Nicholas Rose of the Dance Theatre of Harlem as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier ($48-$78; 516-299-3100,

For a radical departure, turn to Bridgehampton-based Studio 3 and its “Mixed Nuts” repertoire, Dec. 16 and 17 at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater. The company adds an alternate theme each season, this year a “Peter Pan Nutcracker.” As founder Diane Shumway describes her mission, “We do a show that’s friendly to all our dancers, not just ballerinas — tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop.” ($20-$25; 631-537-3008,


Ballet Long Island

Abbreviated (“Nutcracker Act II”) and full-length performances at the company’s home base and at a new venue.

WHEN | WHERE “Nutcracker Act II”: 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Nov. 3 and Dec. 21, 1 p.m. Dec. 3, 1863 Pond Rd., Ronkonkoma $9-$18. Full-length: 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 28 and 29, Noel Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale; $40, 631-737-1964,

Harbor Ballet Theatre

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the companyperforms “The Nutcracker” during the 21st annual Dickens Festival.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Dec. 4, Vandermeulen High School, Port Jefferson

TICKETS $23-$25; 631-331-3149,

Hampton Ballet Theatre

Eighth annual production by the Bridgehampton-based ballet school.

WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton

TICKETS $20-$30; 888-993-4287,

American Ballet Theatre of Long Island

“Clara’s Dream”comes to life.

WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 2 and7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St.

TICKETS $17-$37; 631-207-1313,

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

WHBPAC students perform what they call “The Nutcracker Sweet.”

WHEN | WHERE 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 11, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach

TICKETS $17; 631-288-1500,

Lynch Ballet

Eponymous dance academy directed professional ballerina Karen Lynch.

WHEN | WHERE 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 17, noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 18, Huntington High School, 188 Oakwood Rd.

TICKETS $20-$30; 631-470-9711,

Eglevsky Ballet

Alison Stoming and Nicholas Rose of the Dance Theatre of Harlem dance as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier in this Tilles Center holiday tradition.

WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. Dec. 17, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 18, Tilles Center, LIU Post campus, Brookville

TICKETS $48-$78; 516-299-3100,


There are some new kids on the block, but the king of “A Christmas Carol” on Long Island is Theatre Three and its perennial Scrooge — in character only — Jeffrey Sanzel. Although each adaptation by Sanzel remains faithful to the classic Charles Dickens novella, he tweaks it each season. “We have an entirely new take on the Ghost of Christmas Present,” Sanzel says, divulging no spoilers. “There’s a new song at the top of the Fezziwig Christmas party. . . . But it’s still four ghosts and a moneylender with an attitude.” (Nov. 25-Dec. 30; $20-$35; 631-928-9100,

Among other “Carols” are an adaptation by New Hampshire’s North Country Center for the Arts: 26 traditional carols and a bit of humor to go along with the moral of the story. It’s Dec. 11 at Tilles Center ($20-$50; 516-299-3100,

Arena Players presents “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” — he’s the first ghost Scrooge encounters — at the Carriage House Theater, Vanderbilt Museum, Centerport Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 4 ($18-$25; 516-293-0674,

Southampton Cultural Center presents Center Stage’s “A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play” Dec. 2-4 ($10-$20; 631-287-4377, It’s by Joe Landry, who also wrote “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play,” performed Dec. 18 at Suffolk Theater, Riverhead ($15-$30; 631-727-4343, and — on the same day — Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts ($20-$35; 631-724-3700,


“A Christmas Carol”

Jeffrey Sanzel plays Scrooge in his own adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, Theatre Three’s 33d annual production.

WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26, 3 p.m. Nov. 27, varied schedule through Dec. 30, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson

TICKETS $20-$5; 631-928-9100,

“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”

Scrooge’s story as told by the ghost of his former partner.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 4, Arena Players at the Carriage House Theatre, Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport

TICKETS $18-$25; 516-293-0674,

“A Christmas Carol--A Live Radio Play”

By Joe Landry, who also created “It’s a Wonderful Life--a Live Radio Play.”

WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4, Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane

TICKETS $10-$20; 631-287-4377,

(“It’s a Wonderful Life--A Live Radio Play,” 7 p.m. Nov. 25, 2 and 5 p.m. 27, Southampton Cultural Center; 3 p.m. Nov. 26, Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St., 631-207-1313,; 7:30 p.m Dec. 18, Smithtown Performing Arts Center, 2 E. Main St., 631-724-3700,

“A Christmas Carol’ on tour

A new adaptation by New England’s North Country Center for the Arts features song and dance to 26 traditional carols.

WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Tilles Center, LIU Post campus, Brookville

TICKETS $20-$50; 516-299-3100,


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