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.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.