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ARB's run at TD Bank Arts Centre - by Mary Pat

Saturday the 4th: this must be Sewell! What fun, to take our “Nutcracker” to a new place and a brand new audience! The TD Bank Theater is part of a large high school, and is an enormous house. Lots of room backstage for all the dancers. Lots of audience members, particularly little dancers in fancy coats, loving every minute of “Nutcracker.”

I loved every minute of being able to see some debuts. Since Kylan was ill last weekend, this was his debut weekend as Fritz, and he created a very believable younger brother, over-excited by the party, just wanting to have fun, but then suddenly… well, you know the rest. Kara was charming as the maid, bustling about getting the children ready. And littlest boy, Kiera Black, was ebullient and pointed, proving again the adage that “there are no small roles.”

Act 2 brought a fun debut—Karen Leslie in her first “Dewdrop Fairy.” She was not only technically wow, but brought a real and vivid personality to the role. Flashing, majestic—this is no little wishy-washy fairy—Flowers, you better stand up and take notice! What fun to see her command of the stage developing so quickly and strongly.

Next week brings us home to another of our long-term theaters—Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton. Onward and upward!


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