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Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Garde Arts Center
December 8 - December 9
The Nutcracker will be held at the Garde Arts Center December 8th and 9th. Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB) has recreated its perennial “Nutcracker” ballet with spectacular new scenery, additional special effects, and a setting that celebrates southeastern Connecticut’s seafaring past. Featuring sights such as tall ships in port, a sea captain’s Victorian home, lighthouses, and other well-known landmarks, the Garde’s stage will be transformed into a wintry day in New London during the 1850s. Special effects include a flying Christmas tree, a clock that looks like an owl, and other wizardry, as well as a full-blown snowstorm onstage.
The family-friendly event features two stars from the renowned New York City Ballet (NYCB): Sara Mearns, often called “the great American ballerina of our time,” and Jared Angle, an artist with high acclaim in the world of dance. Guest artists from Miami City Ballet and no less than 100 professionally trained dancers from ECB will share the spotlight.
In addition to the heroine Clara and her brave Nutcracker, memorable characters include the magician-like Uncle Drosselmeyer, the clownish Mother Ginger, tiny mice, the Snow King, and Snow Queen, sailors, pirates, waltzing flowers, dancing snowflakes and many more.
*Military, Senior & Group discount tickets available for purchase in person/ over the phone through the Garde Box Office only.
*Saturday Evening Performance Only: Military Night & ECSO Subscriber Night discounted tickets also only available through the Garde Box Office
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