NOTHING LIKE “ The Nutcracker”
New York’s loss is New London’s gain
TThe legendary American Ballet Theatre is not performing “The Nutcracker” this year, so two of the company’s amazing dancers will be onstage at the Garde Arts Center for the Eastern Connecticut Ballet production of the Tchaikovsky classic at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., on Dec. 13 and at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. Other favorite guest artists, Arantxia Ochoa and Alexander Iziliaev of the Pennsylvania Ballet, take the stage alongside the guest artists from American Ballet Theatre, Simone Messmer and Sean Stewart.
Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s own dancers hail from as far away as Guilford, Rhode Island, Killingworth and Lebanon. Audience members love watching their progress from Mice to Sugarplum Attendants, from Clara to Waltz of the Flowers. The oldest dancers in the preprofessional division perform challenging choreography while the lovable little ones delight the audi- ence with their youthful exuberance. The blending of seasoned professionals with ECB’s accomplished students creates a warm and wonderful extended family.
The live music also defines the Eastern Connecticut Ballet “Nutcracker” experience. Audience members are immediately swept away by the uplifting voices of the Griswold High School Chamber Choir singing traditional holiday music in the Garde lobby, and then bask in the beauty of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent romantic score performed by the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.
Year after year patrons return to Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” for its memorable mix of old traditions and new surprises, which will be even more the case this year.
Tickets are available at the Garde Box Office (860-444-7373) or by going to www.gardearts.org. Group rates and discounts for military personnel and their families are available through the box office.
ALL SMILES AT EASTERN CONNECTICUT BALLET AS “THE NUTCRACKER” DRAWS NEAR. JEFF EVANS / THE DAY