See a twist on the holiday classic: Cangelosi Dance Project presents the Nutcracker

Kris Cangelosi of the Cangelosi Dance Project is excited to bring a classical ballet performance to the Brown-Holt Theatre. The Holiday Nutcracker takes the stage Dec 7 at 12:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 3:00 p.m.

The two performances feature students from Cangelosi’s dance studio in Baton Rouge. See the performers in their adorable and colorful show costumes.


This year, Sydney Hertzog stars as the role Clara, a dreaming ballerina.  The large cast and crew help bring a twist on the classic holiday story to life. 

And, if you’re looking for a familiar face, try to spot WAFB’s evening news anchor Elizabeth Vowell during the performances. Hint: You may see her in a party scene! 


Purchase your tickets through Cangelosi Dance Project Company by calling 225-937-3367 or by contacting the studio on

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Now, this isn’t your traditional Nutcracker story. Each year, Cangelosi presents the Nutcracker production based on the original 1892 libretto by Marius Petipa. However, she varies the plot and character names just a bit.

This year’s local adaptation follows Clara, a young girl who wants to be a ballerina in a dance company. One evening, Clara and her family host a Christmas celebration to enjoy friends and family. Clara’s uncle treats her to a Nutcracker doll, but her sisters become jealous of her special gift. So, after a night of dancing, partying and pranks, Clara is sad to see her new doll broken up by her sisters. Uncle Drosselmyer promises to fix the doll, but only after midnight. Then, the magic begins.

Clara will meet the Spanish, Russian and Arabian dancers, Mother Ginger and her Lollipops, the Snow Flower Queen, the Sugar Plum Fairy and much more.

Experience the magical night and support Baton Rouge’s local ballet scene on Roy Emerson Drive.