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News : Entertainment Dec 8, 2013 - 11:40:09 AM


Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker will dazzle on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 & 15, at The Ridgefield Playhouse

By The Ridgefield Playhouse





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Sugar Plum Fairies, dancing Snowflakes, an Evil Mouse King and a beloved Nutcracker Prince are what dreams are made of when The Nutcracker comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse in a traditional annual family event on Saturday, December 14, at 2 & 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 15, at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Tchaikovsky's soaring score, graceful ballerinas, dancing wooden soldiers that will dazzle young and old. This year’s event is presented by The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance with Brent Whitney in the role of the Cavalier. For tickets ($20 adults, $15 seniors/children by calling the box office), call 203-438-5795, or buy tickets online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. (contributed photo)
Sugar Plum Fairies, dancing Snowflakes, an Evil Mouse King and a beloved Nutcracker Prince are what dreams are made of when The Nutcracker comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse in a traditional annual family event on Saturday, December 14, at 2 & 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 15, at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Tchaikovsky's soaring score, graceful ballerinas, dancing wooden soldiers that will dazzle young and old. Guest artist Brent Whitney joins the Ridgefield Conservatory cast this year as the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier. He will dance the Grande Pas de Deux with RCD dancer and Ridgefield High School Senior Meredith Santoro. Mr. Whitney’s first professional job was with the Milwaukee Ballet Company, and he has also danced for the Milwaukee Opera, Ballet NY, Ballet X, Connecticut Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet and the San Diego Opera. Piccolo Pizza & Jazzeria (24 Prospect St., Ridgefield) is offering a free scoop of gelato the days of the performances when tickets/stubs are presented. This show is part of the Pepsi Children’s Series and is underwritten by Wooster School. The Union Savings Bank “Arts for Everyone” recipient is Waterbury ARC.

Tchaikovsky’s ballet adaptation of the story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffman was originally staged in 1892 and is as popular and relevant as ever. The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance’s new production features a cast of guest artists plus their own talented dancers, exquisite costumes and enchanting choreography. The Conservatory’s new students Amanda Tully and Julia Assue will perform the role of Clara for the first time. Herr Drosselmeyer will be danced by the Nutcracker’s Co-Director, Terence Duncan. First Selectman for the Town of Ridgefield Rudy Marconi will once again appear in the party scene joined by Ridgefield Conservatory faculty Amy Piantaggini and Maggie Gavin. The role of the Snow Queen will be danced by Emma Sandhu and the Sugar Plum Fairy by Meredith Santoro.

For tickets ($20, $15 seniors/children by calling the box office), call 203-438-5795, or buy adult tickets online, ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, in Ridgefield, CT.




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