Land of the Sweets:
The Burlesque Nutcracker
Conceived, Developed, Directed, and Produced by Lily Verlaine & Jasper McCann
Principle Choreography by Lily Verlaine
Script, Lyrics, and Original Melodies by Jasper McCann
Verlaine and McCann’s Nutcracker gives the traditional ballet a bawdy makeover. Land Of The Sweets features top-notch local dance talent from professional companies Spectrum Dance Theater and Whim W’Him, opulent custom costuming by Stephanie Seymour (formerly of Teatro ZinZanni), and original choreography from the classically-trained Lily Verlaine. Jasper McCann weaves the story as the audience meets characters from the ballet, such as the “toreadora” Hot Chocolate, the Snow Queen, and the Sugar Plum Fairy.