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Eastern CT Ballet's The Nutcracker with NYC Ballet Principals, Sara Mearns and Jonathan Stafford!
Ticket Price: Varied: Children, Group and Senior Rates available and Steep Military Discount
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New York City Ballet’s world-renowned Principal Dancers Sara Mearns and Jonathan Stafford will leave audiences spellbound at Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s 12th Captivating Season of The Nutcracker!


Share Clara’s adventure and be transported by magical sailing vessel to an enchanted seaport in 1850’s New London.  Along the way, shimmering snowflakes dance for Clara and the sparkling Sugar Plum Fairy eagerly awaits her arrival.  


Children of all ages will love the opening party scene filled with laughter and surprises as well as the thrill of battle on the high seas between the brave Nutcracker, Sailors, Pirate Rats and the dreaded Rat King. 


Enjoy the legendary music of Tchaikovsky performed live by the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.  Delight in the stunning beauty and grace of New York City Ballet’s internationally acclaimed Sara Mearns and Jonathan Stafford and enjoy the energetic dancing of more than 110 professionally-trained Eastern Connecticut Ballet dancers.


Bring family and friends to the Nutcracker of Choice and follow Clara’s journey that takes her around the world in one spectacular night!


It all takes place in our own backyard at the historic Garde Arts Center in New London.  Performances are December 14 at 1:30 pm & 7:00 pm and December 15 at 1:30 pm.


For tickets, call The Garde at (860) 444-7373 or online at SPECIAL Military, senior, and group discounts available.   Photo credit:  Paul Kolnik


The Garde Arts Center

325 State Street

New London, CT 06320


Eastern Connecticut Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in East Lyme and Old Saybrook.