NH dance troupe to perform ‘Nutcracker’ at Palace Theater

BEDFORD – Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater in Bedford will perform its 15th season of "The Nutcracker" from Nov. 27-29 at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. The performance, with a 22-piece orchestra, boasts a cast of more than 85 dancers and performers, including guest artists Carlos Molina, Fredrick Davis, Alan Alberto, Ty Parameter, Douglas Davis, Sallie Werst and Jay Von Handorf.

Molina, originally from Colombia, has been a principal dancer with Hartford Ballet, a soloist with American Ballet Theatre and most recently a principal dancer with Boston Ballet. He will reprise his role of Cavalier dancing alongside the Sugar Plum Fairy. This is Molina’s eighth year performing at the Palace Theatre.

Alberto returns to the cast and will perform the roles of Snow King, Spanish and Candy Cane Soloist. Alberto was invited to join the Croatian National Ballet as a soloist in 2010. Other highlights from his career include solo roles in "La Bayadere," "Midsummer Night’s Dream," "Sleeping Beauty" and "Concerto Barocco." Albertois currently dances with Festival Ballet Providence.

Fredrick Davis returns in the roles of Mouse King, Snow King and Arabian Soloist. He is a former member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City. He has appeared with professional companies in Alaska, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

Parmenter will join the cast in the roles of Soldier Doll, Spanish and Chinese Soloist. Parmenter is a member of Festival Ballet Providence. He trained at the National Ballet School in Toronto. He has performed as a guest artist with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and Neos Dance Theatre. In 2012, Parmenter was awarded a fellowship by the Greater Columbus Arts Council for his first choreographic work, "There is Silence."

Southern N.H. Dance Theater has several artists-in-residence returning to the production, including faculty member Douglas Davis, who will reprise his role of Drosselmeyer in Act I. Davis has danced in the United States and Europe with the Los Angeles Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Zurich Ballet and Bern Ballet.

Faculty member Werst will dance the role of Arabian Soloist. Werst has danced with Bossov Ballet Theater, Vermont Chamber Ballet and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She studied in New York City at Ballet Academy East.

Von Handorf, faculty member and alumnus of SNHDT, will return in the roles of Drosselmeyer, the Mouse King and Spanish Dancer. Von Handorf trained in ballet and jazz and performed in "The Nutcracker," "The Magic Toyshop," "Don Quixote" and "Le Corsaire." He also trained with and was part of the Palace Teen Company at the Palace Theatre and performed in numerous productions at the Palace, including "42nd Street," "Sweet Charity," "The Producers," "The Wedding Singer," "Spamalot" and "Pippin."

For ticket information, call 668-5588 or visit www.palacetheatre.org.