2019 #Buttcracker Cast is Here!

The cast of the 2019 production of The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque is officially here!

Starring returning cast member Kathleen Hoil (Imaginez Ensemble, The House Theatre) as The Buttcracker, with some brand butt-spanking new cast members! Nikki Hartung (Second City) as Clara, Miguel Long (Trap Door Theatre) as Drosselmeyer, Maggie McMurran (Six Flags St. Louis) as The Sugar Plum Fairy, and Molly Gloeckner (Otherworld Theatre) as The Boss/Rat King. Nicole Amber returns as an ensemble member, joined by Niki-Charisse Franco (Center Stage Theatrics), Olivia Cucco (Vertical Sideshow), and Michael Ashford (Metropolis Performing Arts Center). Nya Carney and Ellen Spann understudy.

From left to right, top row: Kathleen Hoil (Buttcracker), Nikki Hartung (Clara), Miguel Long (Drosselmeyer), Maggie McMurran (Sugar Plum Fairy), Molly Gloeckner (Rat King/Boss). Bottom Row: Nicole Amber, Niki-Charisse Franco, Olivia Cucco, Michael Ashford (Ensemble).

New this year! A rotating cast of featured soloists for Vodka, Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Mother Ginger. Full list of featured soloists will be announced in November. 

Production Team includes Leah Urzendowski (Director), Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop (Choreographer), Kate Setzer Kamphausen (Costumes), Kristof Janezic (Sets/Lighting), Steve Labedz (Sound), and Mealah Heidenreick (Props/Experience). Wendy Madrigal stage managers, with Jaq Seifert Executive Producer and Jess Vann Assistant Producer. 

Celebrating four years of holiday fun, The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque subverts the classic holiday ballet to promote diversity in body, gender expression, sexuality, and race. The show utilizes the platform of parody to encourage audiences to imagine a more inclusive world, redefining the art of the tease through an alternative take on burlesque. 

Also brand new this year!

Clara’s holiday afterparty!

The holiday party Clara wished she could have thrown! Dirtier, raunchier, more risque, less clothing! Featuring even more talent from Chicago’s leaders in burlesque, variety, and cabaret! Tickets are reserved for VIP Ticket Holders of The Buttcracker, with a limited number of additional general admission tickets available.

Tickets for The Buttcracker and Clara’s Holiday Afterparty will go on sale October 23rd at http://www.thedentheatre.com

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