And the Winner of the 8th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award is …

burlesquenutcracker… A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker!  A saucy spin on the holiday classic has beat out more than 70 other Nutcracker-themed productions.

As winner of the audience-favorite competition, MBS Productions takes home “The Nutty” statuette, a cash prize for its education programs and bragging rights as the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. They join the ranks of past winners that include Debbie Allen Dance Academy, the Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, the Kirov Ballet and The House Theater of Chicago.

“For our small company to be nominated amongst some world class dance companies has been thrilling,” says artistic director-producer Mark-Brian Sonna, who wrote, choreographed and starred in A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker.

Bawdy, campy and completely original, A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker finds the ladies of the Beulaville Baptist Book Club hosting a fundraiser production of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. But when the entire cast of ballet dancers falls ill from a bad batch ofpiña colada casserole, it’s up to burlesque stars The Velvet Kittens to save the day.

“There were so many Nutcracker productions people loved in cities all across the country, but in the end, a spiced-up version of the holiday classic, A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker, was their No. 1 favorite,” says Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy. “We’d like to congratulate the entire cast and crew for their remarkable work.”

The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, the only nationwide award for live Nutcracker-themed performances, showcases the astounding quality and variety of Nutcracker productions each year — from classic ballet to hip-hop, burlesque and more. The competition uses Goldstar purchasers’ post-show ratings to rank Nutcracker productions nationwide in order of audience favorite.

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