Danbury Music Centre began selling tickets to their annual production of Nutcracker to the general public November 16th. For the first time, Danbury Music Centre will offer an additional performance, providing the community with two matinee options -- one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
This is the 48th year the production will be performed. The tradition started in Danbury in 1967.
Performances of Nutcracker will take place at Danbury High School. Show times are: 7:30 pm Friday, December 11th; 1:30 and 6 pm Saturday, December 12; 3 pm Sunday, December 13. Each performance lasts approximately 2 hours including intermission.
Danbury Music Centre's Nutcracker, directed by Arthur Fredric, features about 200 dancers from the greater Danbury region, ages seven to adult. Danbury Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Ariel Rudiakov, accompanies the ballet, live, with Tchaikovsky's original score.
About 20 students will be performing as the Snowflake Chorus. The Snowflake Chorus comes out during the end of Act 1 and sing for just one scene. They will also perform during intermission.
Executive Producer Barbara Adams Jaeger says it's amazing how many people tell them they fell in love with dance, or with a particular instrument in the orchestra, when they saw their first Nutcracker.