December 11 & 12, 2021



ECB is bringing the timeless and beloved Nutcracker back to the stage and the big screen this year in a unique multimedia production combining live and filmed performances that prioritize the safety of all dancers and audiences! Guest artists and no less than 100 professionally trained dancers from Eastern Connecticut Ballet will share the spotlight at the Garde Arts Center.

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

This treasured holiday tradition brings unforgettable characters to the stage: the heroine Clara and her brave Nutcracker, the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer, tiny mice, the dewdrop fairy, sailors and pirates, waltzing flowers, and many more!

Four magical performances will take place December 11th at 1:30pm & 7:00pm & December 12th at 11:00am & 4:30pm

Special pricing is available for Children ages 12 & younger.
Choose seats then select Child 12& Under ticket type from the drop-down on each ticket for a Child 12 & Under, then click Check Out.

Senior, Military & Groups (15 ppl +) discounted tickets only available in person and over the phone at the Garde Box Office! 860-444-7373 x1

Eastern Connecticut Ballet is a nonprofit organization and the shoreline’s premier school for dance education.


For Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s The Nutcracker, every audience member will be required to show in-person proof of vaccination authorized by the FDA or WHO, against COVID-19 before entry into the theater, or proof of a negative PCR test, performed by a medical provider, taken no more than 72 hours before the performance.

As a further tool to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, proper mask usage for all patrons, regardless of age or vaccination status, will be required. Other precautions will include contactless entry, a digital playbill, digital ordering of concessions, and no intermission to reduce congregation in the lobby.

To reduce the capacity for the safety and comfort of our audience members, every other row of seating will be sold in the orchestra section of the auditorium.  Seating in the loge and balcony will be sold at full capacity.  Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation during these challenging times.