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 and colorful costumes, guaranteed to delight all audience members. The dances consist of members from the DAC dance department’s junior, senior and adult companies.
Performances of Scenes from the Nutcracker take place in the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall on December 11, 12, 18 and 19 at noon and 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 at darienarts.org. Purchase tickets early, as shows sell out quickly for this popular annual tradition. For questions, call the DAC at (203) 655-8683.