Behind the Scenes at ‘The Nutcracker’

November 26, 2018
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For 37 years, The Performing Arts Ensemble has gathered together young dancers and children chosen by audition to put on a large-cast, fully staged production of “The Nutcracker” with professional scenery, elaborate costumes and special effects. The Ensemble, under the direction of Evelyn Gardell, held a dress rehearsal and performance Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Algonquin Theatre in Manasquan. On Saturday, Nov. 24, the troupe will perform at the Middletown Arts Center at 2 p.m. Ticket info at

This article was first published in the Nov. 22-27, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.

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