“Nutcracker vs. Mouse King” battles its way to success"
by Matthew Redding, TCD Third Coast Digest
"Weird Christmas: Quasimondo's Puzzling Nutcracker"
by Jeff Grygny, Milwaukee Theater Examiner
NUTCRACKER vs MOUSE KING
Adapted from the story by E.T.A. Hoffman
Directed by Brian Rott and Simon Eichinger
Strange and surreal, "Nussknacker und Mausekönig", written in 1816, was criticized at its time of publication for being too mature for children and too fantastical for adults.
This exciting production challenges the power of imagination, and takes its audience on a wicked trip to the battlefield, through mouse-holes, across continents-time and space-to explore the territory that lies between fantasy and reality.
Director: Brian Rott
Assistant Director: Simon Andreas Eichinger
Costume Designer: Amanda Tollefson
Music Director: Sarah Ann Mellstrom
Mask Designer: Katie Jesse
Technical Director: Eric Schallhorn
Choreography: Simon Andreas Eichinger, Megan Kaminsky, Brian Rott
Sarah Ann Mellstrom, piano
Paul Westfall, percussion
Thomas Nezario Chickpezio, oud
Kyle Malesevich, trombone
Jenni Reinke, violin
Carolyn Christiansen, QUEEN OF MEAT & POTATOES
Simon Andreas Eichinger, MOUSEKING, CAROLER
Liz Faraglia, MOUSE, NUTCRACKER
Michael Guthrie, KING OF MEAT AND POTATOES, MR STALBAUM
Megan Kaminsky, DAME MOUSERINK
Evan Koepnick, DROSSELMEYER
Chris: MacGregor, FRITZ, TV MAN
Jessi Miller, MARIE
Andrew Parchman, ASTROLOGER,
Jenni Reinke, MRS STALBAUM, DRUG DEALER, BARBI
Alex Roy, MOUSE, GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
Gina Weber, PRINCESS PIRLIPAT