The Hartt School Community Division will open its traditional production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 PM. As a special treat this season, the Hartt Dance Department will also offer a Nutty Nutcracker. If you’re a Nutcracker “regular,” you are in for a comical evening with this off-the-wall version of the original Nutcracker. The Nutty Nutcracker, will premiere on Sunday, December 15 at 7:30 PM. Hartt’s Nutcracker production includes two casts from its Pre-Professional and Children’s Ballet programs, former dancers from the Hartford Ballet, and surprise cameo appearances by several local celebrities and dignitaries. In total, the cast numbers more than 100 performers.
Set to Peter IIyitch Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, Hartt’s The Nutcracker features choreography by Community Division Dance Department’s Artistic Director Samantha Dunster, lighting by Production Designer Dewey Strang, brilliant costumes, a Christmas tree that grows to tremendous heights, snow falling and the ultimate battle between Clara’s beloved Nutcracker and his nemesis, The Rat King. Ms. Dunster’s choreography maintains the highest traditional quality of this holiday classic and lends itself to an enchanting evening for the whole family. “I look forward every year to our production of this time-honored tradition,” says Ms. Dunster, “The combination of Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music, the radiant costumes, stunning sets and lighting all paired with our immensely talented students makes for a magical holiday experience for young and old alike.”
Traditional Nutcracker Performances:
- Friday, December 13 at 7:30 PM
- Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 PM
- Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 PM
- Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 PM
- $30 Adults
- $15 Children 12 and under
- $20 Seniors & Students
Hartford premiere of the Nutty Nutcracker
- $15 Adults
- $10 Children
Call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587. You can also purchase tickets online by clicking here.
Can't wait to see the Nutcracker characters?Visit our Nutcracker Around Town page to see when the Nutcracker characters are visiting community centers or giving "sneek peak" performances.
Questions?Contact the Hartt Community Division Dance Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 768-6000.
The Nutcracker is sponsored in part by Hoffman Auto Group.