Locally grown, nationally known, Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Nutcracker thrilled audiences from New York to New Hampshire for almost 10 years. A high-voltage swinging and sophisticated adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s fairytale ballet, Clara’s Dream is a joyous jazz and tap celebration. Filmed at The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH in 2004 by Robert Pierce.
Drika Overton’s MaD Theatricals transformed the treasured masterpiece into a percussive dance party for the whole family. Virtuosic tappers dance the enchanted story of the “Jazz Nut” with tap styles from Irish and African to Bebop, Latin and Lindy Hop. Add the swinging Paul Arslanian jazz sextet, and like magic, Clara’s Dream came to life as an effervescent classic with rhythm and pizazz.
MaD (music and dance) Theatricals is a unique collaboration of nationally and internationally celebrated jazz and tap artists led by producing artistic director Drika Overton. The creators include tap dance pioneer Brenda Bufalino, classical dancer and visual artist Dean Diggins, tap dancer Josh Hilberman, physical comedian Bob Thomas, and noted composer, arranger, and musician Paul Arslanian.
Q&A with producing artistic director Drika Overton to follow the screening.