Photo Credit: Gene Schiavone

The Nutcracker

In this annual performance, approximately 100 of our students share the spotlight with several stars of today’s ballet world. Students ages 6 and up may audition for our magical production of Tchaikovsky’s classic work. The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra provides live music for our professionally staged performance at the 1,450-seat Garde Arts Center in New London, Conn.

The Nutcracker is a labor of love and a thrill for everyone involved, on both sides of the curtain. In tribute to our region’s seafaring legacy, ECB has adapted the timeless story with a special nautical theme. Each year 2,800 school children attend The Nutcracker at no charge, thanks to the generosity of our  community partners.

“The level of professionalism in ECB productions is second to none. I am very proud that my daughter can be a part of something that is so amazing!”  — ECB Parent

“The fantastic communication made the commitment much easier as a parent, and the whole experience was so positive for my daughter, from audition to performance. Being in The Nutcracker has given her a whole new outlook and love for ballet. We are so thankful!”  — ECB Parent


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Link to purchase Nutcracker 2016 tickets

Photo Credit: Thomas Giroir