MANCHESTER — Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre (SNHDT) and the Grammy Award-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams team up again to recreate the magical grandeur of “The Nutcracker” at the Palace Theatre this weekend.
This 19th production takes over the landmark stage, at 80 Hanover St., Friday through Sunday for a 19th production, while Williams will handle podium duties of the Tchaikovsky masterpiece for a seventh year.
The cast of more than 85 dancers includes some familiar faces as well: Carlos Molina, former principal dancer with the Boston Ballet, rejoins returning dancers Alan Alberto, Jere Hunt and Ty Parmeter, along with SNHDT alumna Erika Davis as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Fred Davis, former member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City, as the Snow King, Mouse King and Arabian Soloist.
“Fred is an extremely strong dancer, and he is definitely a crowd favorite,” said Patricia Lavoie, founder and artistic director of SNHDT. “We thrilled to have him back again this year.”
New to the cast this year will be Assaf Bencherit performing the roles of Arabian Soloist and Spanish Dancer. Bencherit has danced with the Israeli National Ballet Company, The Joffrey, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Portland Ballet and Gelsey Kirkland Ballet.
SNHDT, which is based in Bedford, has several artists-in-residence returning to share the stage with its company dancers, including Rachel Burkett of Bow and Lauren Felthun of Bedford, who will alternate in the role of Clara (as well as Doll, Snowflake, Arabian Dancer and Waltz of the Flowers).
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and noon and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, go to palacetheatre.org.
Tickets to “The Nutcracker” range from $25 to $46. For tickets, go to palacetheatre.org call the box office at 668-5588.