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Saturday Danbury Music Centre 'Nutcracker' Performances Canceled; Sunday Performance Added

Published: December 08, 2017 at 12:00 am


DANBURY - Due to the forecast snow, Danbury Public Schools Superintendent Dr Sal Pascarella has made the decision to cancel all activities taking place in Danbury Public Schools for Saturday, December 9.

This includes cancelling both of the Danbury Music Centre Nutcracker performances scheduled for Saturday afternoon and evening.

DMC's schedule had been to The Nutcracker Ballet December 8-10, celebrating 50 years of ballet, music, and holiday magic.

This year, the area tradition will feature more than 175 performers, accompanied by Danbury Symphony Orchestra, who will perform Tchaikovsky's iconic score. The Nutcracker cast includes 20 performers from Newtown and Sandy Hook, led by principal dancers Ashlyn DeLoughy (Sugar Plum Fairy), Taegan Smith (Clara), Arline Almeter (Spanish Queen) and Bridget Suchar (Arabian Queen and Ballerina Doll).

"In order to alleviate the disappointment we know the performers and audience members will certainly feel about these cancellations," the music center announced via email Friday afternoon, "we are planning to add one more show on Sunday evening at 7 pm."

A few tickets were still available for the Friday evening show at 7:30 and the Sunday afternoon show at 3 pm, the email added.

For those who have already purchased tickets for either of Saturday's performances, refunds are available by sending an email to

Refund requests should be received by December 31, 2017; refunds will be issued on or before January 3. Requests made this weekend will be issued early next week. Anyone who does not request such a refund for tickets already purchased will receive a thank you letter for their tax-deductible donation to Danbury Music Centre.

Tickets range from $10 to $33, and can be purchased in advance at Remaining tickets will also be sold at the door prior to each performance.

In addition to the aforementioned performers, local residents are present throughout the production in featured and ensemble roles: Ava Almeter (Soldier and Ginger Strong), Riley DeLoughy (Sergeant Soldier, Party Boy, and Russian), Amy DeLoughy (Party Adult), Mark DeLoughy, Jr (Party Boy, Russian, and Spanish Prince), Mark DeLoughy, Sr (Party Adult), Annie Fowler (Clara's Best Friend and Snow Court 3), Chelsea Fowler (Party Girl and Flower Pink en Pointe), Dani Gaiser (Party Girl and Marzipan Wolf), Fallyn Kirlin (Snow Court 1 and Marzipan Shepherdess), Hanna Linden (Russian and Flower Lilac), Brianna Linden (Snow Court and Marzipan Shepherdess), Gabriel Locke (Mouse King), Serena Newnham (Scurry Mouse), Eleanor Raedy (Chinette and Flower Bud), Kylee Raiano (Flower Court), and Penelope Suchar (Party Boy, Snowflake, and Russian).

Behind the scenes, Dody Flynn as associate choreographer and Amy DeLoughy as company manager ensure a smooth and successful production. Dody and Herb Flynn graciously donate studio space at Dance Dimensions each year for rehearsals.

The community is also represented in the orchestra, with Donna Locke and Greta Loesel among those performing on oboe, and Chris Locke on celesta. The celesta is notable for its distinct sound, as heard in the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.


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