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UPDATED NOVEMBER 2013: A roundup of eight performances of The Nutcracker ballet in Connecticut, including shows in Bridgeport, Fairfield, New Haven, Ridgefield, Westport, and Wilton.

the nutcrackerThe Nutcracker has been enjoyed for generations, and even if you’ve seen it many times before, there’s nothing like swirling snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy to bring back memories and create new ones with your little ones. Here’s where to catch a performance of the classic ballet in Connecticut this year:


Ballet Etudes Company Presents The Nutcracker Ballet

Westport Country Playhouse, Westport
Dec. 7-8, 14

Dancers from the Ballet Etudes Company present a full-length production of The Nutcracker, featuring guest artists from New York City Ballet. In this family friendly classic set to the music of Tchaikovsky, Clara’s dream world is brought to life—from the party with Drosselmeyer and the dancing dolls to the battle between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker Prince. Clara takes a magical journey to the Land of the Snow and is entertained by Mother Ginger, Goldilocks, Chinese Dragons and more. This seasonal ballet tradition captures the classical beauty of the Snow Queen, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, and the Waltz of the Flowers.


Wilton Conservatory of Dance Performs The Nutcracker Ballet

Wilton Library, Wilton
Dec. 7

Come to a special holiday performance by the Wilton Conservatory of Dance. They will be performing highlights from the Nutcracker Ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky. Short reception to follow performance. Registration and ticket required.


Westport’s Academy of Dance 32nd Annual Production of The Nutcracker

Staples High School, Westport
Dec. 7-8

Westport's Academy of Dance is proud to be able to offer this holiday tradition to the community for 32 years. Highlighting their own Children's Ballet Theatre filled with over 100 local dancers, this production is magical and is a wonderful way to ring in the season.


New England Ballet Presents The Nutcracker Suite

Bijou Theater, Bridgeport
Dec. 8

Enjoy a special holiday afternoon with a performance of one of the most beloved works in ballet repertoire – an abridged suite of Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet The Nutcracker, performed by the dancers of New England Ballet Company. After the show, hear Clara read the enchanting story of the Nutcracker and meet the dancers – a perfect family outing designed for elementary-aged children.


The New Haven Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Shubert Theater, New Haven
Dec. 13-15

This holiday classic is performed by the students of New Haven Ballet and features the New Haven Ballet Orchestra and guest dancers Maria Kowroski, Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet, and Charles Askegard, Former Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet.


Nutcracker Presented by the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance

Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield
Dec. 14-15

Come hear Tchaikovsky's soaring score as graceful ballerinas and wooden soldiers come to life and a larger-than-life Christmas tree make the holidays bright for young and old. The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance's new production features a cast of guest artists plus their own dancers, exquisite costumes and enchanting choreography. The Conservatory's new students Amanda Tully and Julia Assue will perform the role of Clara for the first time. Herr Drosselmeyer will be danced by the Nutcracker's Co-Director.


Connecticut Dance School Presents The Nutcracker

Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield
Dec. 15

Families won't want to miss the magic of Tchaikovsky's beautiful musical tale danced by students of Connecticut Dance School. Guest artist, Carlos Lopez, former American Ballet Theater soloist, joins the cast dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy's Cavalier. Choreographed and staged by CDS Director Alan Woodard.


New England Ballet Company Presents The Nutcracker

The Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport
Dec. 21-22

New England Ballet Company presents its 22nd annual family holiday classic, The Nutcracker, under the artistic direction of Kenneth Hopkins and Karen Goodman. Clara's dream is brought to life in a large cast production with exquisite costumes and choreography by Victor Trevino. The cast consists of company dancers, students of New England Ballet School and Betsy Ross School Magnet School. The moment the lights dim, the audience is transported to a magical party scene filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a villainous Rat King and mischievous mice. A wonderful ballet for the entire family, Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce children to the magic and beauty of classical ballet.


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