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Saturday, December 8th at 1:30pm and 7:00pm and Sunday December 9th at 1:30pm
The Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street, New London, CT

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Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB) will give its classic “Nutcracker” ballet a fresh spin this December with spectacular new scenery, additional special effects, and a setting that celebrates southeastern Connecticut’s seafaring past. Featuring sights such as tall ships in port, a sea captain’s Victorian home, lighthouses and other well-known landmarks, the new scenery will transform the Garde Arts Center’s stage into a wintry day in New London during the 1850s. One of the scenes even recreates the ice fields of the Arctic, where the city’s whale ships once ventured on harrowing voyages.

“The Nutcracker” ballet has been casting a spell on young and old for more than 125 years, but ECB’s version is like none other performed by ballet companies from coast to coast. The Victorian setting is the point of departure for the central character of “The Nutcracker” to begin her magical voyage around the world. Special effects include a flying Christmas tree, a clock that looks like an owl, and other wizardry, as well as a full-blown snowstorm onstage. Tchaikovsky’s musical masterwork will captivate audiences with such beloved classics as the Waltz of the Snowflakes and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Share the magic and pageantry of the world’s most beloved ballet with friends and family of all ages.  New York City Ballet sensation, Sara Mearns, "the great American ballerina of our time," returns to The Garde Arts Center in New London for another breathtaking performance with Eastern Connecticut Ballet. New London’s own “Nutcracker” is both a holiday tradition and a tour de force.

Sharing the spotlight is Jared Angle from NYCB alongside more than 100 professionally trained dancers from ECB. Francis Veyette, former Principal with Pennsylvania Ballet, and Chloe Freytag, former Miami City Ballet dancer, also join the 16th season of this holiday favorite. Thirty-four musicians from Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece.

Live music and classic ballet in the tradition of Balanchine make this “Nutcracker” simply unforgettable.  Performances are Saturday, December 8th at 1:30pm and 7:00pm and Sunday December 9th at 1:30pm.

Tickets are available at The Garde Box Office. Call 860-444-7373 x1 or visit

Eastern Connecticut Ballet
435 Boston Post Rd.
East Lyme, CT  06333

The Garde  Arts Center is handicapped accessible.
Eastern Connecticut Ballet, an non-profit organization, is the region’s premier school for dance, and our expert faculty is dedicated to our students’ development and growth. A strong classical technique forms the base of our curriculum. We emphasize energy and movement, preparing students for the demands of today’s classical ballet and contemporary companies. Whether or not a student is planning to pursue a career in dance, she or he will receive a quality education at ECB. Step by step, our pre-professional program challenges all of our students to reach their potential as dancers.
From the Norwich Area: I-395 South to left Exit 5 at Montville Connector (signs for CT-32/New London). Continue straight onto CT-32. You will pass Connecticut College on the right and the Coast Guard Academy on the left. Take the downtown New London exit. At third light, turn right onto State Street. Continue straight. The Garde Arts Center is on the right.

From the Hartford Area: RT. 2 South toward Norwich/New London. From RT. 2, take RT. 11 to end; go left onto RT. 82. At the first traffic light, take a right onto RT. 85. Take RT. 85 past Crystal Mall in Waterford. RT. 85 becomes Broad Street in New London. Take Broad Street to the end. Take a right on Huntington Street and then take an immediate left. The Garde Arts Center is on the left.

From Groton, Providence, & North: I-95 South to the Gold Star Bridge at Groton/New London. Get in the right lane on the bridge. Follow right branch; split immediately over the bridge. Change to the left lane and follow left split to downtown New London. Pass under the pedestrian overpass. Go to second traffic light (State Street). Turn right. Go three blocks. The Garde Arts Center is on the right.

From New Haven & South: I-95 North to Exit 83 (Downtown New London). The first traffic light is at end of the ramp. Go straight off the ramp onto Huntington Street. Take Huntington Street to fourth traffic light and make left onto State Street. The Garde Arts Center is on the left.

Parking. There are several parking areas near the Garde Arts Center:

FREE street parking on State, Huntington, Meridian, and Union Streets (shaded in green).
FREE parking behind the Courthouse (Access via Cottage Street).
FREE parking in the Municipal Parking Lot (Eugene O’Neill Drive).
PAID parking at the Water Street Parking Garage and the Cornish Garage.

Eastern Connecticut Ballet
435 Boston Post Road
East Lyme, CT 06333
Phone: 860-739-7899E-mail:

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