It’s not the most artful title, perhaps, but, ready or not, “The Nutcracker’s Nuts!” is ready to open Friday at the Mantorville Opera House.
The Mantorville Theatre Company production, directed by Cheryl Frarck, runs through Dec. 4.
The play takes place in Simon’s Rest, a Michigan retirement community that every year stages “A Christmas Carol.” This year, they want to do something different. “The Nutcracker” is selected, and tickets sell like hotcakes. One problem: The retirees at Simon’s Rest didn’t realize “The Nutcracker” is a ballet. And the woman who wants to play Clara doesn’t know how to dance.
The cast consists of Mike Tri, John McDougall, Rebecca Berg Miller, Annette Schuler, Mary McPhee and Jane Olive.
In addition to the regularly scheduled performances, special “buy the house” performances are available to groups and organizations on Dec. 9, 10 and 11. Call 507-635-5420 to make arrangements.