'The Nutcracker' Two Ways

Studio 3 presents "Mixed Nuts" at Bay Street Theater Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Durell Godfrey Photos

Two takes on “The Nutcracker” – one a traditional ballet, the other a mix of ballet and other dance styles that blends the Tchaickovsky classic with another story – have become holiday musts on the South Fork.

First to arrive was the Hampton Ballet Theatre School’s “The Nutcracker” at Guild Hall on Dec. 8, 9, and 10; this weekend Studio 3’s original mashup, called “Mixed Nuts,” takes over the Bay Street Theater stage on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The original Studio 3 production this year combines the basic story of “The Nutcracker” with that of “Beauty and the Beast.” Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $20.

While the storyline changes tracks several times between the two tales, it will feature a choreographed battle scene paralleling both the original ballet and storybook thread of good versus evil. Forty-five dancers will perform in this year’s production.

Both Nutcracker productions are visual delights.
The Hampton Ballet Theatre School’s version was choreographed by Sara Jo Strickland, the school’s founder. Costumes were by Yuka Silvera, and Sebastian Paczynski was the lighting designer.

"Mixed Nuts" is a blend of "The Nutcracker" and "Beauty and the Beast."Durell Godfrey
"Mixed Nuts" Durell Godfrey
Ballet, jazz, tap, "Mixed Nuts" is not only a blended story, but a blend of styles. Durell Godfrey
"Mixed Nuts"Durell Godfrey
"Mixed Nuts" is a visual delight.Durell Godfrey
"The Nutcracker," in the Hampton Ballet Theatre School's more traditional interpretationDurell Godfrey
The Hampton Ballet Theatre School's production featured costumes by Yuka SilveraDurell Godfrey
Professional dancers shared the stage with student dancers in the Hampton Ballet Theatre School's production.Durell Godfrey
The Hampton Ballet Theatre School's productionDurell Godfrey