Albany Berkshire Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” has been captivating audiences with ballet’s most enchanting tale since 1974. The Burlington holiday tradition returns to the Flynn MainStage on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The holiday classic unites children from all over Vermont to perform with professional dancers at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.
Albany Berkshire Ballet, under the guidance of Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo, has choreographed the ballet, which also features the glittering score of Peter Tchaikovsky. With lavish sets and scenery designed by Carl Sprague, the performances feature over 140 local dance students from over 30 Vermont towns.
Helena Sullivan, owner and Artistic Director of Stowe Dance Academy, Mad River Dance Academy, and the Rehearsal Mistress for Albany Berkshire Ballet, has been leading the rehearsals for our young, local dancers to prepare them for the magical production.
Aspiring Vermont dancers, ages 3 to 17, coming from Caledonia, Chittenden, Addison, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans and Washington counties are given the opportunity to share the stage with professional dancers from across the globe on the historic Flynn stage. Three Thanksgiving weekend performances will take place at the Flynn, each with a different cast of local dancers. Dancers from the Colchester area include Nastassja Nguyen, Abigail Sowles, and Eleanor Sowles.
This holiday season, accompany Clara on her wonderful adventure in this classic ballet and share in the tradition of keeping the magic of “The Nutcracker” alive.
Performances will be held Nov. 30 at 3 and 7 p.m., and Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.
Tickets available for purchase at www.Flynntix.org or by calling 863-5966.