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Westport Country Playhouse Prepares For 'The Nutcracker'

Ballet Etudes’ The Nutcracker returns to the Westport Country Playhouse in December.
Ballet Etudes’ The Nutcracker returns to the Westport Country Playhouse in December. Photo Credit: Beth Shepherd Peters

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk-based Ballet Etudes Company announced the return of their time-honored production of "The Nutcracker" to the Westport Country Playhouse.

Audiences will once again be transported to Clara’s dream world and enjoy this family-friendly classic, set to the music of Tchaikovsky. Tickets are on sale now for BEC’s full-length performance on Saturdays, Dec. 6 and 13, and Sunday, Dec. 7, with show times of 1 and 4 p.m.

There will be an accompanying Nutcracker boutique in the lobby, offering a range of related memorabilia for fans of all ages.

This year’s performance of "The Nutcracker" promises to deliver its usual magic with a cast of over 90 dancers, all of whom are members of the Ballet Etudes Company or students at The Studio Ballet School, with the exception of special artists.

Visiting guests dancing the principal roles include Georgina Pazcoguin, Adrian Danchig-Waring and Charles Askegard of New York City Ballet and Sterling Baca of American Ballet Theatre. Baca returns to the Ballet Etudes production as the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier, after having danced the role of the young prince as a 15-year-old student from New York’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.

“We aspire for our 'Nutcracker' to be exceptional – to truly capture the beauty of both ballet and the season. Ballet Etudes Company is proud to bring local students and professionals back to the Westport Country Playhouse to celebrate this holiday tradition,” said Nanette Vallas, director of Ballet Etudes Company and the Studio Ballet School.

Ballet Etudes Company is located at 509 Westport Ave. in Norwalk. Also housed at that location is The Studio Ballet School, which offers instruction to dancers of all ages.

A nonprofit, BEC has presented its "Nutcracker" production for 15 years at the Playhouse.

“We aim to bring a variety cultural experiences to local ballet enthusiasts and beyond,” said Vallas.

In addition, the ballet organization has developed educational, audience development and outreach programs that have brought more than 15,000 area students, teachers and chaperones to the theater, many for the first time. For more information or to register for classes, visit www.balletetudescompany.com or call 203-810-4442.

Tickets for "The Nutcracker" ($40 for adults/$20 for children 15 and under) can be purchased through the Westport Country Playhouse’s box office at 203-227-4177 or ordered online at www.westportplayhouse.org .

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