New England Dance Theater's production of The Nutcracker Balletto benefit Carver

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New England Dance Theater's production of The Nutcracker Ballet has become a holiday tradition in Fairfield County. Three full-length performances will be staged in the New Canaan High School Auditorium on Friday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 9th at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 10th at 4:00 p.m. There will be an interactive children's performance of Act II on Saturday, December 9th at 11:00 a.m. and, in the spirit of giving, there will also be a special benefit performance for members of local social organizations such as the Carver Foundation of Norwalk, Person to Person in Darien, and The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford.

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For the first time ever, the ballerinas will be accompanied by a live performance of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece by the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jonathan Yates. The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra will perform the individual pieces of music that bring each scene to life. For over 77 years, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, a passionate group of musicians, has offered towns throughout Fairfield County the opportunity to explore and discover the joys of professional orchestral music.

Seating for NEDT's annual Nutcracker is reserved and tickets are now available online. For ticket sales, please visit our website at www.neadance.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door at New Canaan High School. Prices for the full performance are $40 for Adults and $30 for Seniors and Children; prices for the Children's performance are $25 for all guests.

Jim Schaffer