‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’ Starts Dec 18 at Darien Arts Center

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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’.


“The Nutcracker” is coming to Darien Arts Center (photo contributed)

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.


— an announcement from Darien Arts Center


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. 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, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec.19 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 20 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10. Reservations are highly recommended, as performances sell out quickly for this popular annual tradition. Call the DAC box office at (203) 655-8683 or email Bonnie@darienarts.org for reservations.

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