Sail away to a place you’ve only been in your dreams: the magical world of Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB) will give the ballet a fresh spin this December 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 new scenery will transform the Garde Arts Center’s stage into a wintry day in New London during the 1850s.
The Nutcracker ballet has been casting a spell on young and old for more than 125 years, but ECB’s version is like none other performed by ballet companies from coast to coast. 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.
A discount of 50% off regular ticket prices is offered to active military personnel and their families for the Saturday evening performance only. Contact the Box Office for details on this special offer.