Broadway Onstage Live Theatre is pleased to begin offering the Holiday Comedy by Dennis Wickline, THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS, for production by other groups. THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS is the most popular show ever presented at Broadway Onstage Live Theatre and ran 10 seasons in a row from 2001 to 2010. It tells the story of a retirement community's efforts to present a new holiday production. The Midland Theatre Guild licensed the play in 2004, which presented seven sold-out performances in early November of that year at the Midland Center for the Performing Arts. The Midland production was directed by Denyse Clayton, Mr. Wickline's sister. There have been a number of other productions by other groups since then, in Saskatune, Canada, in Kentucky, and other locations in Michigan. Upcoming productions are scheduled for Michigan and New York State.
THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS takes place in the Northern Lower Penninsula of Michigan. Simon's Rest is a retirement community in Frankfort, Michigan. Every Christmas the residents perform their traditional, boring, and harder and harder to produce version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Every Christmas, that is, except this one. Minnie Winchester, an elderly piano teacher, suggests that the residents do something new, something like THE NUTCRACKER. Everyone agrees that it would be wonderful to try something new and THE NUTCRACKER is accepted immediately. Tickets are quickly sold out. Just as rehearsals begin, however, the retirees discover one important and overlooked detail, THE NUTCRACKER is a ballet, and Minnie Winchester, a rather rotund lady who always wanted to play Clara, the lead, doesn't know how to dance.
Royalty rate is $75 per performance.