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Wilton Ballerinas To Grace Stage in New Canaan Nutcracker Performance

The 32nd annual performance of NEAD's The Nutcracker features several Wilton ballerinas.
The 32nd annual performance of NEAD's The Nutcracker features several Wilton ballerinas. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – It's Nutcracker time.

The New England Academy of Dance’s annual presentation of the holiday classic features several Wilton residents: Frida Allers (Angel); Kayla McCauley (Mouse); Blake Baumel (Pixie, Toy Soldier); Nicolle Allers (Bluebell); Caitlyn Lentner (Bluebell); Morgan LeBlanc (Candy Cane, Ivy, Soldier); and Avery Baumel (Chinese, Roses).

Lavish sets and dazzling costumes serve as the backdrop to more than 250 dancers, including students from the New Canaan-based New England Academy of Dance (NEAD) and professional guest artists from New York City.

For the first time ever, the ballerinas will be accompanied by a live performance of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece by the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jonathan Yates.

Three full-length performances will be staged in the New Canaan High School Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec.r 10 at 4 p.m.

There will be an interactive children's performance of Act II on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. and, in the spirit of giving, there will also be a special benefit performance for members of local social organizations such as the Carver Foundation of Norwalk, Person to Person in Darien, and The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford.

For ticket sales,visit  the New England Dance Academy . Tickets can also be purchased at the door at New Canaan High School at 11 Farm Road. Prices for the full performance are $40 for Adults and $30 for Seniors and Children; prices for the Children's performance are $25 for all guests.

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