North Branford residents Eilidh Currie and Kristen Faraclas have been rehearsing for Nutcracker. New England Ballet Company returns for the 21st year, continuing its tradition of winter holiday performances of the holiday favorite, Nutcracker. This year shows will at the Parson’s Complex in Milford on Saturday December 8th at 4pm, where Eilidh will perform the role of Clara and Kristen will perform the roles of Toy Soldier Girl and Russian Princess.
At the same venue on 12/8 at 11am, New England Ballet Company is proud to present the third Annual performance of an integrated dance and theatre program for individuals with autism and special needs in an adaptation of Nutcracker Suite. This very special performance recently won a C. Newton Schnenck 111 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Arts Council Of New Haven, it is a collaborative effort between New England Ballet Company and the City of Milford’s Adaptive Arts Program. Both Kristen and Eilidh have been mentors for this performance and will be onstage assisting dancers.
As resident ballet company of the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport the girls will be dancing alongside guest artists Jared Matthews and Yuriko Kajiya from The American Ballet Theater. Ms. Kajiya will be performing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mr. Matthews is to perform the role of the Sugar Plum Cavalier. This will be for one show only on Saturday December 15th at 1pm.
For younger children there is the Sugar Plum Party at Stratford Theater on November 25 at 12.30 (Eilidh will be Clara at this show) or 3pm. Children can enjoy a performance of The Nutcracker Suite, listen to Clara read the story, meet the dancers and do a simple holiday craft.
For more information and to reserve your tickets call (203)799-7950 or visit the website at www.newenglandballet.org