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OCVTS GPAA Winter 2023 Showcases

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 @ 7:00pm



Grunin Center
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754

Acting Showcase – November 29, 2023

Junior Acting Showcase (Act One): “A Spooky Storytime: The Nightmare Before Christmas” by Tim Burton. Come out and see the Grunin Performing Arts Academy Junior Actors as they reenact the famous story “The Nightmare Before Christmas” by Tim Burton. Our narrators will guide you through Halloweentown as they follow Jack’s journey to becoming Sandy Claws. You will experience an interactive, musical adventure as our narrators showcase the many familiar characters of the story.

Senior Acting Showcase (Act Two): “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is based on a

children’s novel written by Barbara Robinson. This is a story of six misfit children who volunteer to star in their town’s Sunday school Christmas pageant, and a Mom who has never directed a production before. In this heartwarming tale full of shenanigans, you will see how a town learns the true meaning of Christmas. Join us for this family-friendly show that will prove to be incredibly entertaining!

Vocal Showcase – December 13, 2023

The Junior and Senior Vocalists will be presenting their Winter Vocal Showcase “An Evening of Operetta… and then some!” The performance will include selections from Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta, “The Pirates of Penzance,” as well as some holiday pop favorites. The Grunin Performing Arts Academy Chorale and Vocal Ensemble will open the show with a holiday prelude at 6:30pm.

Dance Showcase – December 18, 2023

The OCVTS Grunin Performing Arts Academy’s Dance Department presents “The Winter

Dance Concert: A Reconstruction of The Nutcracker.”

The Nutcracker, first premiering a week before Christmas by Moscow’s Imperial Theatre in

1892, is a classic Christmas Story, a fairy tale ballet is danced in two acts, centered on the

magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker. The ballet was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with the musical score by Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky, which was adapted from the passage of “The Nutcracker & The Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffman.

Since then, ballet companies all around the world have performed this holiday tradition and from the moment the lights dim, audiences are transported to a wondrous world of magic and wonder. A rousing snowstorm sends a blizzard of ballerinas across the stage, sweeping you to exotic locales in the enchanting Land of Sweets. Please enjoy our reconstructed rendition of The Nutcracker and other holiday selections presented by the Grunin Performing Arts Academy Dance Department’s Dance Ensemble.




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