The Nutcracker comes to life as the Darien Arts Center’s dance companies join together to enchant audiences of all ages at their annual production, ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’. This Tchaikovsky holiday classic is abbreviated to an hour-long narrated show, specifically geared for young audiences. Children get to sit up close and are invited to meet and greet the characters after the performance.
The show, a Darien favorite since 2002, provides an appealing introduction to attending dance performances for the younger set. “The Nutcracker was written for children,” says DAC Dance Director and show choreographer Bonnie Gombos, “It’s a fabulous adventure that also exposes audiences to different kinds of dancing and it’s a great opportunity to spark an interest in dance. The original version is just a bit long for little ones, so we’ve adapted ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’ keeping them in mind.”
This year’s production features new dances, characters and colorful costumes, guaranteed to delight all audience members. Darienite and actor, Geoff Gilbert, stars as the Narrator, a role created to move the story along quickly to accommodate the attention span of the youthful audiences. Current DAC Ballet student, Eva Larino performs as Clara, who receives a magical Nutcracker doll for Christmas, and Ashley Cassetta and Juliette Dixon share the role of The Sugar Plum Fairy. The dances consist of members from the Dance department’s Junior, Senior and Adult companies.
Performances will be held at the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall. Show times are Friday, December 19 at 6pm, Saturday, December 20 at 11am, 2pm and 5pm, and Sunday, December 21st at 12pm and 3pm. Tickets are $10. Reservations are highly recommended, as performances sell out quickly for this popular annual tradition. Call the DAC box office at (203) 655-5414 or email Bonnie@darienarts.org for reservations.
Darien Arts Center
2 Renshaw Road, Darien; (203) 655-8683