1812’s ‘Legendary Hillbilly’ offers new spin on venerable ‘Nutcracker’

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This weekend, the Pennsylvania Ballet will opens its 45th production of the annual Christmas favorite, “The Nutcracker,” at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. The company turns 50 years old this year.

For those of you who need a refresher on the story of the Bavarian children and the toys that come to life, we called in the “Legendary Hillbilly” to explain “The Nutcracker.”

The Legendary Hillbilly is a character played by Scott Greer in the new vaudeville comedy show, “The Big Time,” now on stage at Plays and Players Theater in Rittenhouse Square. In spite of — or because of — his upbringing in the backwoods of the Ozarks, the Legendary Hillbilly is a big fan of ballet.

You can hear the Hillbilly’s summary of the Nutcracker by clicking the orange audio button at the top of the page.

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