SUMMIT, NJ – Ariel Harrington Wright, 12, of Maplewood, New Jersey will play the star role of “Fritz” 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. Ariel, the daughter of Heather Harrington-Wright and Daniel Wright, currently attends Maplewood Middle 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.

“Ariel is a beautiful dancer who has a strong presence on stage. She has tremendous technical capacity, musicality, and is clearly a young dancer with potential for a very successful future in dance,” says Artistic Director, Nancy Turano.

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Ariel will also be featured in the roles of Chinese and Garland in the Waltz of the Flowers.  She will be joined by renowned, international guest artists including; Timothy Stickney of Complexions Contemporary Ballet in the role of Dr.Drosselmeyer and Lead Russian, Alexandra Gonzalez of Metropolitan Opera Ballet as Lead Mother former New Jersey Ballet prima ballerina Rosemary Sabovick-Bleich as the Grandmother.

All performances take place at Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 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