Just one week away from the 14th annual Wilton Dance Studio Nutcracker
Here is what's in store for this year's production
How do you keep a holiday tradition fresh and fun? With some reindeer, a sleigh and a few other touches sure to make this year’s Nutcracker ballet more magical than ever. Wilton Dance Studio’s 2012 production features more than 110 students and adults from seven area towns including 40 from Wilton, 20 from Redding and 20 from Weston. Students, parents and friends of the studio collaborate to keep the performance filled with holiday magic.
To share the spirit of these dedicated dancers, we'll share posts this week with fun notes about what's in store at the performance this weekend. To kick off the story, here are three things you may not know about the production. Each day this week, right up until the show, we'll share more fun facts and interviews.
1. When will the ballet be performed? Sunday, December 9 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Wilton High School’s Clune Center for the Performing Arts.
2. How long have the dancers been rehearsing? Dancers, who range in age from pre-school to adult, begin with auditions in September and continue active rehearsals during September, October, November and December. These dancers work hard to make the performance extra special!
3. If the ballet has been performed for so many years, what's new this year? It's true Wilton Dance Studio’s The Nutcracker is now in its 14th year, but that doesn't mean each year isn't filled with some surprises. After all, surprises are an important part of any holiday tradition. Brenda Froehlich, Wilton native, owner and artistic director of the studio said, “Every year we do our best to keep the performance fresh for the audience and for the dancers. Some of our dancers have been with us for more than 10 years and we’re committed to making The Nutcracker magical for them every year.” Here are two surprises we'll give away. Keep an eye out when you go to see the production:
- An antique sleigh will be incorporated into the production, including special reindeer to add sparkle to the scene
- A vintage canopy bed upon which the Nutcracker makes his battle scene entrance will enhance the setting.
- Each year, there's a contest to reward the dancer who gets the most people to the show and the winner is announced at the show. If you're ordering a ticket to cheer on someone special, be sure to let the Studio know your dancer's name so he or she gets credit towards the contest.
The Wilton Dance Studio production of The Nutcracker will be on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. at Wilton High School’s Clune Performing Arts Center. To buy tickets, call 203-544-9007 and leave a message or visit www.wiltondance.com and click on the link in the center of the home page to download & print the ticket order form and fax it to the school at 203-544-8820. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the show.
Stay tuned for more Nutcracker updates....