December 14th & 15th

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Tickets start at $45 (adult) $25 (child age 12 and younger; choose Child 12& Under ticket type from the drop down on each ticket, then click Check Out.)

Senior, Military & Group (15 ppl +) discounts only available in person or by phone at the Garde Box Office! 860-444-7373 x1

The Nutcracker has been casting a spell on young and old for more than 125 years, but Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s version is like none other performed by ballet companies from coast to coast. Guest artists and no less than 100 professionally trained dancers from Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB) will share the spotlight at the Garde Arts Center.

The family-friendly event will feature four guest artists from the renowned New York City Ballet (NYCB). Sara Mearns, who has been called “the great American ballerina of our time,” is every inch the Sugarplum Fairy, ready to cast a spell on audiences. Jared Angle, a dancer who has earned high acclaim in the world of ballet will join Ms. Mearns as her cavalier. New to The Garde stage this year, ECB welcomes Adrian Danchig-Waring and Unity Phelan as the Snow King and Queen.

When the curtain rises, audience members will be treated to ECB’s spectacular new scenery. Stage sets showcase tall ships in port, the New London Custom House, Whale Oil Row, lighthouses, and a sea captain’s Victorian home. Snowflakes swirl over Arctic ice fields where the city’s whaling ships once ventured on harrowing voyages. The new sets celebrate southeastern Connecticut’s seafaring past and will transform the stage into a wintry day in New London during the 1850s.

The ballet brings unforgettable characters to the stage: the heroine Clara and her brave Nutcracker, the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer, tiny mice, the Snow King and Snow Queen, sailors and pirates, waltzing flowers, and many more. Tchaikovsky’s musical masterwork captivates audiences with such beloved classics as the Waltz of the Snowflakes. Special effects include a flying Christmas tree, a clock that looks like an owl, and other wizardry, as well as a magical snowstorm onstage.


Eastern Connecticut Ballet is a nonprofit organization and one of the state’s premiere schools for dance.