Ridgefield Playhouse to host The Nutcracker this weekend

It’s a holiday tradition that takes place each year with sugarplums dancing and flowers waltzing across the stage to tell the tale of a young girl and her Nutcracker prince. Live performances of The Nutcracker will be staged at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Friday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 and 6 p.m.; … read more

An abundance of Claras: Meet the dancers behind The Nutcracker’s iconic role

The Nutcracker is as much a holiday tradition as cookie baking, colorful decorations and gift giving. This year, after months of hard work and a demanding rehearsal schedule, more than two dozen young ladies in the area are fulfilling their dream to play the ballet’s central role of Clara. The two-act ballet, based on a story by E.T.A Hoffmann, The … read more

On Stage: opening, this weekend and advance

OPENING Stage Kiss, Dec. 8 – Jan. 6, TheatreWorks New Milford, 5 Brookside Ave., New Milford. It is a highly theatrical, not-so-romantic comedy about two actors with a history who are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930’s melodrama. They quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Tickets: $23. Info: theatreworks.us.   THIS … read more

Dance: performance and participatory

New England Dance Theater: The Nutcracker Ballet, Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 9, 4 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 10, 4 p.m., New Canaan High School, 11 Farm Rd., New Canaan. For first time, the ballerinas will be accompanied by a live performance of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece by the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, under direction of Jonathan Yates. This production features over … read more

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