The Sea Captain's Nutcracker


The Cape Cod Holiday Classic, The Sea Captain's Nutcracker Production is held every other year at the Cape Cod Community College Tilden Arts Center.


The production was directed by Laura Sciortino the Artistic Director of Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Falmouth. The enchanting choreography was a collaboration of professional and world renowned dancers including Laura Sciortino, Catherine Batcheller and Joseph Cipolla. This year we were excited to have additional choreography by Yves de Bouteiller. Mr. de Bouteiller now on faculty at Turning Pointe Dance Studio, has relocated from Paris.


We were delighted to have such amazing talent and choreography added to this production! Mr. de Bouteiller along with Falmouth local, Brett Baird will play the role of the salty old Sea Captain.  The Sea Captain's original set and costume designs are by London stage designer, Jean Marc Puissant, but each year we have continued to add new and exciting costumes and sets.


This production is an innovative version of the classic holiday favorite.  Although, the ballet is set to the original Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker score, the ballet begins with a special tribute to John Lennon playing his So This is Christmas. Set in a Chatham Sea Captain’s home in the mid-1800’s, the script, written by local authors Donna Smith & Anne LeClaire will take the audience on an enchanting journey through local history and folklore invoking elements of the natural environs of Cape Cod. The heroic battle scene takes place aboard the ship as it is attacked by mooncussers off the coast of Eastham and a swift and violent storm off Monomoy Point threatens the voyage.  The salty old Sea Captain replaces the traditional Drosselmeyer character.  Having sailed the high seas, he returns home to Chatham bearing exotic gifts for Clara.  


You will be charmed by the Waltz of the Sea Grass and will be thrilled by the Dance of the Icy Winds. This lovely production is an excellent way to kick off your holiday season and is perfect for all ages. You will not need to go to Boston or New York City to see a high quality Nutcracker.


The production doesn't only include 125 local dance students and local actors but will include professional guests from Providence, Omaha, and Chicago. We are also thrilled to have Falmouth School teacher, Ms. Cathy Lemay narrate the production as Clara as an Adult.