A F A M I L Y T H E A T E R P R O D U C T I O N
1856 Herald of Freedom Edition
with Free State Liberation Orchestra featuring members of the Uptown Mandolin Quartet
• Orchestration and conducting by Jeff Dearinger
• New script and stage direction by Ric Averill
• New original choreography by Cynthia Crews and Hanan Misko
A fresh new incarnation of the Lawrence Arts Center’s unique holiday classic is set in December 1856, following the sack of Lawrence and the Pottawatomie and Osawatomie Massacres, featuring John Brown, Charles Robinson and other famous Lawrencians. The story recounts the Herald of Freedom Printing Press, destroyed by Sheriff Jones and melted into cannonballs by the abolitionists. The Kansas Nutcracker features professional dancers, actors, musicians, the Lawrence Ballet Theatre as well as community dancers and actors.