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‘Nutcracker’ Magic Returning: Danbury Music Centre’s Holiday Classic To Be Staged December 10-12



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DANBURY — Enjoy the splendor of the holiday season by sharing in the magic of Danbury Music Centre’s Nutcracker, accompanied live by Danbury Symphony Orchestra, conducted and directed by Ariel Rudiakov, for three performances this holiday season.

The timeless classic is directed and choreographed by Arthur Fredric and Lisa Denton and includes over 200 dancers and musicians from the community. It is one of only a few Nutcrackers performed in Connecticut that is accompanied by a live orchestra and it has continued to thrill audiences of all ages, for over 50 years.

This year there are over 20 dancers from Newtown and Sandy Hook in the production. Dancers include Grace Amos, Harper Brundage, Lilian Caico, Amy DeLoughy, Riley DeLoughy, Mark DeLoughy Jr, Mark DeLoughy Sr, Alison Estes, Dody Flynn, Herb Flynn, Zoe Giordano, Kate Hugo, Hanna Linden, Gabriel Locke, Eleanor Raedy, Fiona Shaw, Lila Spencer, Penelope Suchar, Ruth Tepper, Sadie Tepper, Molly Tinkler, and Paige Tinkler.

Danbury Symphony Orchestra also includes local talent: Sheila Doherty, Chris Locke, and Donna Locke from Sandy Hook.

Performances are planned for Friday, December 10, at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 11, at 2:30 and 7 pm; and Sunday, December 12, at 3 pm, all at Danbury High School, 43 Clapboard Ridge Road in Danbury.

Tickets are $10-$35 for all shows, depending on locations, and can be purchased at danburymusiccentre.org. The website also offers the company’s latest COVID-19 precautions.

Sandy Hook residents Mark DeLoughy Jr (Mouse King) and Gabriel Locke (Nutcracker) engage in battle at rehearsal for Danbury Music Centre’s Nutcracker. More than two dozen Newtown residents are part of the cast, crew, or Danbury Symphony Orchestra this season. —photo courtesy Dawn Ringes
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