a kansas nutcracker


Print1856 Herald of Freedom Edition

Orchestration and conducting by Jeff Dearinger with Free State Liberation Orchestra, featuring members of the Uptown Mandolin Quartet
New script and stage direction by Ric Averill
Choreography by Cynthia Crews and Hanan Misko

This family theatre production is a unique seasonal favorite set in December of 1856, following the sack of Lawrence and the Pottawatomie and Osawatomie Massacres.  Featuring John Brown, Charles Robinson and other famous Lawrencians, the story includes the tale of the Herald of Freedom Printing Press, destroyed by Sheriff Jones and melted into cannonballs by the abolitionists. The Kansas Nutcracker features professional dancers, actors, musicians, the Lawrence Ballet Theater as well as community and student dancers and actors.