The New England Academy of Dance and NE Dance Theater present The Nutcracker December 9-11
New Canaan, CT – The New England Academy of Dance and New England Dance Theater are proud to present The Nutcracker Ballet, featuring the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. Now in its historic 37e year, the performance is a holiday tradition in Fairfield County. For the 5th consecutive year, the ballerinas of the New England Academy of Dance will be accompanied by professional dancers for live performances of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, under the direction of Jonathan Yates.
Four beloved Nutcracker feature films will be danced on stage at New Canaan High School at 11 Farm Road New Canaan, Connecticut 06840
Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday December 10 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Sunday December 11 at 1:00 p.m.* 6:00 p.m.
Adults $40, Children $35, Seniors $35, Students $35
- Interactive children’s show – Adults $25, children $15, seniors $15.
The Nutcracker, a classical ballet in two acts based on the story by ETA Hoffmann, follows the enchanting journey of young Clara, who receives a Nutcracker as a gift on Christmas Eve. In her vivid and realistic dreams, her Nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince, who leads her on a magical journey through an enchanted forest to her Candy Palace where she meets the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy and the inhabitants of the Land of Candy. This year’s production features over 280 young dancers from local areas such as New Canaan, Darien, Wilton, Stamford, Norwalk, Bedford and other communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties.
Lavish sets and dazzling costumes serve as the backdrop for the extraordinary talent of the Nutcracker cast, made up of students from the New England Academy of Dance and professional guest performers from New York. From our youngest dancers performing as angels for the first time to our most experienced dancers, the result is a production that will delight audiences of all ages: a charming story told through precision-executed choreography and on one of the most moving music ever composed. . “The Nutcracker is always the highlight of our year, it’s a truly magical moment,” says Ginna Ortiz, one of the company’s directors. “We are incredibly thrilled to give our dancers and audience the opportunity to hear and experience a live performance to this beautiful score.”
The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jonathan Yates, will perform the individual pieces of music that bring each scene to life. For more than 75 years, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra has been a group of passionate musicians serving Norwalk and its neighboring towns in County Fairfield to provide friends and supporters with the opportunity to explore and discover the joys that professional orchestral music. “This historic collaboration makes NEAD’s Nutcracker one of the few to be played to live music throughout the North East,” said Jonathan Yates, Music Director. “Our entire thirty-one-piece orchestra is eagerly awaiting it.”
Seats for NEAD’s annual Nutcracker are reserved and tickets are now available online! For ticket sales, please visit our website at www.neadance.com. Tickets may also be available at the door of New Canaan High School, with discounted prices for seniors and children.