"No one has ever done an original stage play based on the original story," Dennis said, referring to E.T.A. Hoffman's "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice."
His version does not include dancing or singing, but the show will be framed by Tchaikovsky's music.
The Stroms have secured space at First Baptist Church in Dunbar for rehearsals, which they believe will appeal to western Kanawha County and Putnam County residents.
LimeLight Theatre's season will include four shows, starting with the fall collaboration with the Alban Theater, continuing with a December family show, followed by a classic play - this year it is "A Streetcar Named Desire" in February - and capping off with another family show in April.
"We're not starting from scratch," Dennis pointed out. From past directing, set building and camp projects, they have collected quite an inventory of costumes, props and other supplies.
"We also come with a lot of knowledge," he added.
Kelly said the family shows will include opportunities for large casts and parts for children of all ages.
"I don't think I'm going to have any trouble having a full cast," she said.
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