Tuesday, December 10, 2013


The Shakespeare Factory

Nutcracker & The Mouse King

Written & directed by Kelly Dowling

WHEN: December 6-22* (performance dates & times below)
The Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary’s, 3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, 21211
$20 for adults, $15 for students/teachers/& seniors, FREE for kids grade 5 & under.
Tickets for Baltimore Shakespeare Factory productions are available online at:
TheShakespeareFactory.com/store by calling 410.921.WILL (9455)
by emailing

Join The Factory for the World Premiere of a musical comedy adaptation of the beloved ETA Hoffman holiday classic

There's not a sugarplum fairy in sight in this new family comedy version of E.T.A. Hoffmann's holiday classic, which adapts the magical tale using the fun, interactive conventions of a British pantomime.

The "panto" is a participatory form of musical comedy designed for families and commonly performed during the Christmas and New Year season in which the audience interacts with the characters and shouts out phrases to the performers. From a seven-headed rat king to Dame Drosselmeier (sporting an official "Hampden Hon" beehive hairdo) and the chance for audience members to fight alongside the Nutcracker, The Factory's take on this crowd-pleasing classic is truly a unique holiday treat not to be missed.

According to Dowling, the choice of the Panto format was a natural for the Company. “The conventions of a British Panto, which has its roots as a community theater form in the UK, are a perfect fit for our professional ensemble theatre style.  Panto mirrors a lot of what we try to achieve with our Shakespeare plays, in that it involves audience interaction and a general sense of ‘Do it yourself’ fun!" 

The ensemble of “The Nutcracker & The Mouse King” are Diane Appel, Lisa Bryan, Lisa Davidson, Kelly Dowling , Walt Dowling, Avia Fields, Hannah Fogler, April Forrer, Lorraine Imwold, Monica Jones, Brendan Kennedy, Alanna Mensing, C-Mo Molloy, Matthew Purpora, Tony Roberts, Chris Ryder, Stephen Strosnider, Katherine Vary, & Tegan Williams.      

Complete dates are listed below and you can visit us at TheShakespeareFactory.com for up-to-date information.

*Thursday, Dec. 5th – 7:30 PM FREE PREVIEW, First Come, First Served
Friday, Dec. 6th – 7:30 PM
Saturday, Dec. 7th – 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, Dec. 8th – 5 PM  (catch us in the Mayor’s Christmas Parade at 1 PM!)
Friday, Dec. 13th – 7:30 PM
Saturday, Dec. 14th – 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, Dec. 15th – 2 PM
Friday, Dec. 20th – 7:30 PM
Saturday, Dec. 21st – 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, Dec. 22nd – 2 PM

As part of The Factory’s partnership with The Baltimore Humane Society a Front of House display will feature adoptable cats available at Bmore Humane’s no-kill shelter. The factory will also accept donations for the shelter animals. Anyone bringing a donation will receive a discount on their ticket. 

HIGH PRIORITY NEEDS: Non-clumping cat litter  ~  Paper towels  ~  Dog treats  ~  Latex gloves  ~  Dog/Cat food: Science diet brand  ~  Treats (soft/chewy)  ~  Peanut butter  ~  Kong stuffing  ~  Vitamin C tablets for Guinea Pigs  ~  Timothy hay  ~  Bedding  ~ Blankets (no down stuffing)  ~ Dog toys  ~  Cat toys  ~ Puppy pads  ~  Feliway spray  ~ Laundry detergent ~ Dish detergent