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ACT I (Area Community Theatre, Inc.) of Benton County is delighted to present GENEVIEVE'S NUTCRACKER at the Vinton Palace Theatre Thurs.-Fri. Nov. 17th and 18th at 7:30 pm, and Sat.-Sun. Nov. 19th and 20th at 1 pm and 4 pm.

GENEVIEVE'S NUTCRACKER is an original adaptation of the beloved holiday classic, centering around the Baxter family and 6-year-old Genevieve, who becomes fascinated by an unusual toy she receives from Grandma on Christmas Eve. Incorporated into the production are dancing and acting segments as Grandma (Sue Gates) tells Genevieve (Brynlee Kriner) the "story of the Nutcracker."

The hourlong production is designed to complement Vinton's downtown holiday festivities, with our opening night performance following the Light-Up Parade and Santa's Arrival, and performances continuing throughout the downtown holiday open house weekend.

Heading up our cast is Sue Gates, long-time ACT I performer and educational leader in the community. We're thrilled to have her on board as she is the embodiment of ACT I's purpose to support and nurture the youth and the arts within our community. Bringing the role of Genevieve to life is six-year-old Brynlee Kriner, a Center Point-Urbana first grader who is making her ACT I debut.

The production features the talents of students from: Benton Community, Center Point-Urbana, Central Lutheran, North Tama, Union, and Vinton-Shellsburg. Cast members range in age from 6 to 80 and kindergarten through 12th grade.

GENEVIEVE'S NUTCRACKER runs one hour without intermission and is perfect for all ages and generations. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. All seats are $5 at the door, and Palace concessions will be available.

The cast includes:


GENEVIEVE- Brynlee Kriner

MARIE- Ellie Groom HARRY- Henry Groom

UNCLE BAXTER- Alexander Vasquez

CLARA STAHLBAUM- Lauren Hartkemeyer

PARTY GUESTS- Isabella Bistline, Scarlett Giroux, Lila Knittel, Morgan Stocks, Lexi Van Ree, Lillian Voelker



MUSIC BOX TOY- Madalyn Staggs

HARLEQUIN TOY- Presley Waters

LITTLE MICE- Savanna Gaston, Clara McNeill, Loralei Mefford, Cora Stadheim, Maddison Van Ree, Clementine Voelker

MOUSE QUEEN- Ellie Groom


CORPORAL- Bailey Clark


SOLDIERS- Caraline Mefford, Payzlee Steele, Maggie Voelker

TREE DANCERS- Madalyn Staggs, Presley Waters

SNOWFLAKES- Savanna Gaston, Clara McNeill, Loralei Mefford, Cora Stadheim, Maddison Van Ree, Clementine Voelker

CHOCOLATE DANCERS- Scarlett Giroux, Morgan Stocks

SWEET TEA DANCERS- Bailey Clark, Caraline Mefford, Payzlee Steele, Maggie Voelker, Avery Weber

PEPPERMINT DANCERS- Isabella Bistline, Lexi Van Ree

STRUDEL SIBLINGS- Ellie Groom, Henry Groom

CUPCAKE DANCERS- Lila Knittel, Lillian Voelker

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY- Charlee Steinke

We hope you'll come to Vinton, shop, dine, and enjoy the show!

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