2018 Dance-Along Nutcracker


2018 Dance-Along Nutcracker


About the Show

Cast and Creators

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2018 Dance-Along Nutcracker

Thanks for a great 2018 show and we’ll see you in 2019 on December 7 and 8. For now, see our Upcoming Events.

Saturday, December 8th, 3pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 9th, 11am & 3pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

The Dance-Along Nutcracker® is a holiday experience unlike anything else!

Each year, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band blends Tchaikovsky’s classic Nutcracker Suite with a fun theme. The result: a fun-filled musical production brimming with wit, artistry and ingenuity. The talented cast sings and dances their way through a parody version of the Nutcracker. And when the “Dance-Along” sign flashes, the audience is invited to tug on their tutus and sashay along with the cast. Even audience members who don’t want to dance have a blast!

Clara Potter and the Elder Baton

Grab your owl and a broom and go back to school at Fogwarts, an exclusive school for those with extraordinary magical and musical talent!

Join Clara Potter and her friends on a fun-filled musical adventure, featuring secret riddles, an evil school board, kazoos, a three-ish headed dog, and more music and dancing than you can shake a wand at!

This show has something for witches and wizards of all ages! That’s why couples and families from all around the Bay Area have made the Dance-Along Nutcracker® a part of their annual holiday tradition!




Thanks for a great 2018 show and we’ll see you in 2019 on December 7 and 8. For now, see our Upcoming Events.



What is the Dance-Along Nutcracker®?

The Dance-Along Nutcracker® is a casual, fun, and family-friendly show, combining the classic music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite with a live musical adventure featuring a talented cast!

This year’s show centers on the magical adventures of Clara Potter and her friends at Fogwarts School, as they search out the long-lost Elder Baton on a quest to save their school music program! Throughout the show, the audience is invited to “Dance-Along” to the ballet, allowing everyone the opportunity to express themselves in a welcoming and supportive environment! Magical costumes highly encouraged!



This zany San Francisco holiday tradition started in 1985 as a fundraiser to support the LGBT community and has evolved into the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band’s signature event!

Concocted in the spirit of the “Sing-It Yourself Messiah” by Wayne Fleisher, director of the SF Tap Troupe, and first directed by the Band’s conductor, Jay Kast, the Dance-Along Nutcracker® has been featured in national media, including NPR’s All Things Considered, The Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, The Today Show and many more!

The Dance-Along Nutcracker® truly exemplifies the mission of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band: to promote LGBT visibility and build bridges among communities through public performance.


About the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band

The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (SFLGFB) was founded in 1978 by Jon Sims at the height of Anita Bryant’s anti-gay crusade. As the first openly gay music organization in the world, SFLGFB has inspired the formation of lesbian and gay bands, choruses, and performing troupes world-wide. Named the “Official Band of San Francisco,” SFLGFB has promoted visibility and built understanding between gay and non-gay communities through public musical performances. Each year, SFLGFB presents its award-winning Community Concert services, its beloved fun-filled holiday production, the Dance-Along Nutcracker®, and performs at numerous parades and civic events throughout the Bay Area.

2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band!




Cast and Creators

Meet the Cast and Crew from the 2018 show!

Zelda Koznofski – Clara Potter

Zelda Koznofski is a singer/composer/actor who has worked in the SF Bay Area for over 20 years. She spent 6 years with musical theater troupe Thrillpeddlers, performing in Cockettes revivals & Grand Guignol adaptations. In a collaboration with immersive theater company Third Cloud from the Left, Zelda wrote songs for devised piece Dernier Cri (thirdcloudfromtheleft.com/creativeteam). Favorite roles include Judy Garland in Tuck’n’ Roll Players’ Club Inferno, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in Star Trek Live and Clara in San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band’s Dance Along-Nutcracker productions. Visit Zelda’s archive at zeldakoznofski.com.

Dee Nathaniel – Fritz

Dee Nathaniel has performed in the Bay Area for nearly 6 years with various troupes, including Ham Pants Productions and the Thrillpeddlers having played in features such as Amazon Apocalypse and Jewels of Paris. She’s very excited about her third performance in the Dance-Along Nutcracker.


Drew Todd – Voldemouse

Drew Todd is so happy to return to the Dance-Along Nutcracker as the (clearly misunderstood) Voldemouse. He was last seen here in 2016 as the villainous Dr. Ratopolis. Other favorite roles include Fanny in Stale Magnolias, the Captain in Dames at Sea and Candy Delany in And Tell Sad Tales of the Deaths of Queen.


Chris Maltby – Professor Snare

A Seattle native, Chris appeared there as St. Peter in Corpus Christi, Ray in Party, Uncle Willie in High Society, Chip in On the Town, and Cole Porter in Red, Hot and Cole. In San Francisco he has been seen as Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, the Musical, and Florence Wexler in Devil Boys from Beyond as well as acting, writing and directing for Left Coast Theatre Co. Chris’s first play, Happily Ever After, has been made into a short film. Most recently he directed the world premiere of Come Here Often? for LCTC.


Cameron Eng – Neil

Cameron Eng has performed, designed, and produced in the Bay Area for 15 years to create theater, film, haunted houses, and events with companies such as Impossible Productions, Foul Play Productions, and the Thrillpeddlers.



Evan Kaminsky – David / School Board Member

Evan Kaminsky is a Bay Area Actor, singer with LGCSF and an artist. You may see him in local commercials and web videos. His first show in SF, Way Out West, was 23 years ago directed by our production director Allen Sawyer and our choreographer Marilynn Fowler! Evan is glad to part of the DAN cast for the 2nd season. By day he is SF’s Beauty and Grooming Guru and owner of Oui, Three Queens Productions (www.ouithreequeens.com). He offers Makeup Artistry, Men’s Grooming and Waxing services for all genders and bodies. “The best bear, to make you bare (down there)!”

Allen Sawyer – Cast Director

Allen Sawyer has been writing and directing in San Francisco since 1982. He is author of many plays including Whatever Happened To Sister George, Gross Indulgences: The Trials Of Liberace, Hot Pants Homo, Senator Swish,  and  Lavender Lockeroom. He’s directed at many venues that are no longer with us: The Valencia Rose, Josie’s Juice Joint, The Artfull Circle, The Lavender Lounge, The Plush Room, The Razz Room, 450 Geary and the Cable Car Theatre; and some that are still going strong: NCTC, Feinstein’s At The Nikko and Oasis.


Stephen Bolinger – Music Director

Steven Bolinger is a San Francisco-based multi-instrumentalist and composer. He is a member of bands THïTH and The Ethel Merman Experience. Steven has contributed his talents to the musical productions of Ray of Light Theatre (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Thrillpeddlers (Club Inferno), D’Arcy Drollinger (Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra-Showgirls), and Peaches Christ Productions (Showgirls: The Musical). He composed the music for Third Cloud from the Left productions The Mariner and Putas Asesinas, and co-wrote the songs for the original musical Dernier Cri.

Marilynn Fowler – Choreographer / Ensemble

Marilynn Fowler is a San Francisco native who, in 1988, began her professional dance career simultaneously with the Box Dance Troupe and Voice Farm’s Oblong Rhonda. Her list of musical theater credits includes The Cool Ones, HIllbillies on the Moon, Women’s Prison Christmas, Club Inferno, Rocky Horror Superstar, Rocket Girl, Way Out West, and Scalpel: The Musical. She has worked with the Sick & Twisted Players, the Tuck & Roll Players, Artfull Circle Theatre, the OneAct Theatre Company, the Thrillpeddlers, and countless drag luminaries.

Todd Young – Puppeteer / School Board Member / Props

Todd Young, otherwise known as TheGateGuySF because of his “Hayes Valley’s Most Creative Security Gate” installations, is a long-time resident of San Francisco. Growing up at his father’s Drive-in Theatre led him into theatre and choir performance from a very young age. After moving from the mid-west, he found an unfilled niche in the entertainment world and began building no-tech special effect props for the local cabaret, drag, and music video-production communities. His SF stage debut was doing a pop-style of bunraku puppetry in the hit show ‘Scalpel!”, but may best be known as the butterflies in D’Arcy Drollinger’s “Disastorous!”. This is his third year performing and prop making for the Dance-Along Nutcracker.