Clara's Dream: A Jazz Nutcracker at Rosendale Theatre

Video capture of original retelling of the beloved holiday tale with Brenda Bufalino in starring role. Not all Nutcrackers march with the same step--in fact this one taps!  “Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Nutcracker,” a refreshing rendering of the classic Christmas-time story inspired by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s swing version of Tchaikovsky's immortal score, will be screened on December 10 at 2:00 pm at Rosendale Theatre as the monthly offering from the Dance Film Sunday Series.  Local tap luminary Brenda Bufalino, who has a starring role as Auntie Groove, and the film’s producer-director-dancer Drika Overton (who plays Mother) will make personal appearances.  This performance was captured before a live audience in 2004 at The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH by Robert Pierce.  A series of rich terpsichorean gifts, “Clara's Dream" unfolds at a Christmas party and at family nightclub scene featuring: an African drummer and dancer, Irish dancers, jazz and hip-hop dancers, body-percussionists, lindy hoppers and tap dancers. This show doesn't need mice!  Running time is 75 minutes.  Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $6 for children 12 and under.  For directions or more information go to or call (845) 658-8989.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 -
2 pm to 3:30pm
Rosendale Theatre
408 Main St.