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Redding Dancers Sparkle In Sunday's Nutcracker

Redding Dancers Perform on Sunday December 9th in WILTON DANCE STUDIO’S THE NUTCRACKER 

(Wilton, CT) What makes the holiday season special? Cherished traditions, music and festive decorations set the stage and Wilton Dance Studio’s 21st annual production of the Nutcracker ballet has them all. This year’s performance is back to delight all ages on Sunday, December 9th and features many dancers from Redding. New and extra special this year are a meet-and-greet with dancers and a toy drive for Person-to-Person to share the joy of the season with those in need.

The full-scale production with lavish sets and costumes includes more than 80 students and adults from seven area towns. Redding dancers include this year’s Clara, performed by John Read Middle School student Emma Sheckner. The ballet will be performed on Sunday, December 9th at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Wilton High School’s Clune Center for the Performing Arts.

“Each year, parents tell me their young children who come to the show fall in love with our special ballet and want to start dancing,” said Creative Director and Owner of the Wilton Dance Studio Brenda Froehlich. “Many of our older dancers shared this happy experience when they were younger and carry that magic with them on the stage each year. This year, to inspire those young dancers, we’re adding a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity immediately following our 1:00 pm show. We welcome audience members to come say hello to their favorite dancers and see our beautiful costumes up close.”

A fun part of the Nutcracker ballet story involves the handing out of gifts to children at a festive party. Unfortunately, many families in our area can’t afford that luxury, so the Wilton Dance Studio was inspired to host a toy drive at both performances this year. Audience members are encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped toy to be shared with a child in need. All toys will go to the local organization Person-to-Person. Kim Collibee of Person-to-Person said, “We are expecting to serve more children than ever this year, so the more toys we can get the better.”

Wilton Dance Studio’s Nutcracker is designed to suit to audiences of all ages while also challenging its dance students, who change roles and learn more complex choreography each year. The performance length is manageable for young children and does not require an intermission. The ballet follows the traditional story of Clara and her Nutcracker prince from E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Professional sets and elegant costumes complete the high-quality production.

The Wilton Dance Studio production of The Nutcracker will be on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. at Wilton High School’s Clune Performing Arts Center. To buy tickets, call 203-544-9007 and leave a message or order at www.wiltondance.com, click on “Nutcracker Performances” download & print the ticket order form. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the show.

Photo Credit: Donner Photographic 

Front Row:     Willow Bradford, Emma Sheckner (Clara), Melissa Boudreau

Second Row: Anjali Duenwald, Lydia Trimble, Todd Trimble (Drosselmeyer), Natalie Gilbert

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