Nearly 100 cast members of the Ballet Arts Worcester, including the Ballet company’s 80 Bay State children, will team up with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and the All Saints Choir next month to present a production of the Nutcracker at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester.

“I am very excited to be collaborating with these fine organizations, for they will add a heightened experience for all”, quotes, Jennifer Agbay, artistic director of Ballet Arts Worcester.

More than 100 children, ranging in age from 7 to 17, auditioned for the ballet. The 80 children that were cast are from eastern and central Massachusetts, from Worcester to Boston.
”The dancers are exhibiting a great work ethic, they are all very easy to work with, and it is thrilling to see their technical skill and artistry grow, right before my very eyes!” states, Agbay.

The children will appear in the Nutcracker in a variety of roles, including party children, rats, soldiers, angles, sheep, flowers and snowflakes. The role of Clara is played by West Boylston resident Rachele Perla, who is 14 years of age.

The annual performance of this Nutcracker is being held at Worcester’s Hanover Theatre between December 4 and 7. For ticket information please call 877-571-7469 or visit

The cast for this show will also include professionals from the Festival Ballet, Providence, including Lauren Kennedy and Mark Harootian.

Other adult ballet dancers include Thiago Fillipi, a student at the Boston Ballet School, who is also a native of Brazil; the Ballet Arts Worcester’s professional ballet dancers, Ana Luisa Thompson and Rebekah Bohnet Fontane will also appear in the production.