SUMMIT, NJ — Katie Tzraska, 15, of Maplewood will play the star role of Harlequin Doll in this year’s full-length production of New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble’s holiday classic "The Nutcracker." She will be joined by renowned professional guest artists. Katie, the daughter of Janet and Christopher Tzraska, currently attends Columbia High School.

NJDTE returns to the Memorial Auditorium with its 50th Anniversary Season of the full-length production of "The Nutcracker." Set to the classic music of Peter Tchaikovsky and choreographed by NJDTE Artistic Director Nancy Turano, the ballet features over 60 talented pre-professional dancers from New Jersey alongside renowned international guest artists. 

“Katie is an talented dancer who we have watched grow as an artist at NJDTE. She performs with phenomenal technical precision in addition to having a commanding presence on stage. She looks  beautiful in the lead role of Harlequin Doll,” said  Turano.

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Katie will also be featured in the roles of Snowflakes, Marzipan, Spanish and Waltz of Flowers.  

All performances take place at Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University on Saturday, December 14 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25-$40, and are available online at