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Review: A steampunk 'Nutcracker' adds a nice twist

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm •  Published: December 1, 2012

This low-budget musical is full of fun, as comical battles for dominance ensue in whimsically-staged scenes. Simon provides a variety of tuneful songs, including an inspiring duet "Believe" sung by Teneriello and Parrish, and "March of the Toy Soldiers," a rallying cry for the good guys with the refrain, "I will stand here by your side as your friend."

Standouts include Jillian Moran and Kate Murphy as a wryly inept duo of bad mice. Daniel J. McCormick is quite funny as Havarti, the slothful Mouse King, whose inevitable undoing comes via a stupendous, well-choreographed sword-fight. Clara Marie's wish that people do good every day and not just on holidays is useful advice any time of year.