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New England Academy of Dance Presents The Nutcracker Ballet
December 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - December 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
One event on December 7, 2018 at 4:00pm
An event every day that begins at 4:00pm, repeating until December 9, 2018
One event on December 8, 2018 at 11:00am
New England Academy of Dance’s Nutcracker Ballet – to be Performed to Live Music by the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra!
New Canaan, CT —New England Academy of Dance’s production of The Nutcracker Ballet, now in its historic 34th year, has become a holiday tradition in Fairfield County. Three full-length performances of the beloved Nutcracker will be danced on the New Canaan High School stage on Friday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 8th at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 p.m. The ballerinas will also be accompanied by The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece score, under the direction of Jonathan Yates.
The Nutcracker, a classical two-act ballet based on the story by E.T.A Hoffmann, follows the enchanting journey of young Clara, who receives a Nutcracker as a gift on Christmas Eve. In her vivid, come-to-life dreams, her Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince, who leads her on a magical journey through an enchanted forest to his Palace of Sweets where she meets the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy and the people of the Land of Sweets. This year’s production once again features over 200 local area young women from New Canaan, Darien, Wilton, Stamford, Norwalk, Bedford and other communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties.
Lavish sets and dazzling costumes serve as the backdrop to the extraordinary talent of The Nutcracker cast, comprised of students from the New England Academy of Dance and professional guest artists from New York City. For both the youngest dancers, performing for the first time as Angels, and the most experience dancers alike, the magic of The Nutcracker casts its spell on all. The result is a production that will delight audiences of all ages: a charming story told through superbly executed choreography and set to some of the most stirring music ever composed. “The Nutcracker is always the highlight of our year, a truly magical time,” says Ginna Ortiz, one of the company’s directors, “and we are incredibly excited to give our dancers and our audience the opportunity to hear a live performance of this beautiful score.”
And now for the second time, NEAD’s Nutcracker will be danced to live music. The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jonathan Yates, will perform the full score, that bring each scene to life. For over 75 years, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra has been a passionate group of musicians serving Norwalk and its neighboring towns in Fairfield County providing friends and supporters with the opportunity to explore and discover the joys of professional orchestral music. “This historic collaboration makes NEAD’s Nutcracker one of the very few to be performed to live music in the entire Northeast,” said Jonathan Yates, Music Director, “and our entire thirty-one piece orchestra is looking forward to it.”