The Nutcracker cast includes 60 dancers from 11 towns, including Brooklyn, Columbia, Coventry, Hampton, Lebanon, Mansfield, Scotland, Storrs, Willimantic, Willington, and Windham.
Leading dance roles will be performed by Emily Sandall of Storrs, as Clara; Paige Woods of Mansfield Center, as the Nutcracker; Chloe Chibeau of Mansfield, Maya Shieber of Storrs and Melissa Shain of Willington, as the Sugar Plum Fairy; Colleen Millerick of Columbia, as the Mouse King; Sarah McNeal of Storrs, Cassandra Vigue of Lebanon and Priska Burkhard of Mansfield Center, as the Snow Queen; Mira Godin of Mansfield, as the Ballerina Doll; Trinity DelCiampo-Restrepo of Storrs, as the Clown Doll; and Micaela Mellow of Columbia, as the Soldier Doll.
CTAA’s production of The Nutcracker is directed by Rachel Leigh Roccoberton, with choreography by Amy Chibeau, Alana Mahdalik and Sarah Mallory.
The Nutcracker, which features the beloved music of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, has become a holiday classic around the world. Originally premiered in Russia’s famed Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg in 1892, The Nutcracker opens with a Christmas party at the elegant Stahlbaum house. When Clara’s godfather Drosselmeyer arrives, he brings magical tricks and amazing, life-sized dolls. His gift to Clara is a Nutcracker. After the guests leave, Clara’s dreamy adventure begins as her stalwart Nutcracker battles the Mouse King in a famously choreographed ballet. Her Nutcracker, who has transformed into a prince, brings Clara through the Christmas Tree and into a land of enchantment where the sweets, led by the Sugar Plum Fairy, dance to the famous strains of Tchaikovsky’s well-known score.
Regular tickets are $10, while tickets for students and seniors are $8. Call the Capitol Theater Box Office at 860-465-5636 to order tickets. Walk-up ticket sales will be available at the Box Office starting one hour before each performance. Free parking is available on Main Street and on Walnut Street, adjacent to the theater.