NOTH­ING LIKE “ The Nutcracker”

New York’s loss is New Lon­don’s gain

The Day - Sound & Country - - A Cretaceous Christmas -

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

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