Four Wilton residents are featured in the upcoming New England Dance Theater’s production of The Nutcracker Ballet, now in its historic 30th year and a holiday tradition in Fairfield County. Three full-length performances of the beloved Nutcracker will be danced on the New Canaan High School stage on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.. There will be an interactive children’s performance of Act II on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. and, in the spirit of giving, there will also be a special charity performance for members of local social organizations including the Carver Foundation of Norwalk, Person to Person in Darien, and The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford.
The Nutcracker, a classical two-act ballet based on the story by E.T.A Hoffmann, follows the enchanting journey of young Clara, who receives a Nutcracker as a gift on Christmas Eve. In her vivid, come-to-life dreams, her Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince, who leads her on a magical journey through an enchanted forest to his Palace of Sweets where she meets the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy and the people of the Land of Sweets. This year’s production features Wilton residents in lead roles: Delia Creveling dances the role of the Kissing Doll and Severn Davies stars as the Night Fairy. New England Academy of Dance (NEAD) students Avery Baumel and Morgan LeBlanc also feature prominently in the production. In addition, five younger Wilton dancers are part of this year’s Nutcracker: Nicole Allers, Blake Baumel, Annika Mannix, Rowan McGrath and Olivia Rodrigues.
Lavish sets and dazzling costumes serve as the backdrop to the extraordinary talent of The Nutcracker cast, which is comprised of more than 180 dancers and includes students from NEAD and professional guest artists from New York City. For both the youngest dancers, performing for the first time as Angels, and the most experience dancers alike, the magic of The Nutcracker casts its spell on all.
“It is a magical time of year and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than by performing in The Nutcracker,” says Ginna Ortiz, one of the company’s directors. The excitement and enthusiasm runs high among parents of NEAD students as well, many of whom take to the stage in the “Party Scene” which opens Act I. The result is a production that will delight audiences of all ages: a charming story told through superbly executed choreography and set to some of the most stirring music ever composed.
Seating for NEDT’s annual Nutcracker is reserved and tickets are now available for purchase on-line. Tickets can also be purchased at the door at New Canaan High School. Prices for the full performance are $30 for adults and $20 for seniors and children; prices for the children’s performance are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children.
pictured above, left to right: Avery Baumel, Delia Creveling, Morgan LeBlanc, Severn Davies