The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory at The Warner Theatre in Torrington, Conn.
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, directed by Victoria Mazzarelli
BSO maestro Andris Nelsons has advised that we must nourish our bodies, but also our Spirit with culture. Music and dance are just the recipe, and Berkshire families should consider seeing The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory’s productions of “The Nutcracker” at The Warner Theatre in nearby Torrington, Conn. The Nutmeg has been presenting Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet there since 1984.
I spoke with The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory Artistic Director Victoria Mazzarelli about the upcoming shows. The venue is regal, and Director Mazzarelli shared, “The Warner is our home theater. The excitement of performing in front of a live audience is so important for our students, giving them the experience needed before they one day join a company. Even if they don’t go on to a professional career in dance—they have been a part of a professional level production. They are creating incredible memories and developing life skills, such as discipline and commitment. The Warner Theatre is a spectacular venue and we are proud to call it our home theater.”
About the dancers, she noted, “The principal dancers are our most advanced students. Their training at Nutmeg has given them the technique needed for the challenging roles. Some of them have been with us since the age of three and have danced their way up the ranks each year.”
I asked about the music; “The music of ‘The Nutcracker’ is lighthearted and melodious. It creates a magical atmosphere. It is perfect for Clara’s adventure with her Nutcracker! It resonates to children and adults. Dancing to it is wonderful and uplifting.”
Even if you have seen this ballet, it is worth going back, as Mazzarelli explains. “Our dancers have become stronger overall over the years. We fine tune the choreography and make slight changes each year, depending on the students. I want to make sure the production is streamlined and flows well for the audience. We hope many people come out again this year bringing excitement and life into our town and to our local businesses. Our ‘Nutcracker’ has been a tradition for many families in our area. It is a great way to start the holiday season. ”
Torrington is a nice little city, and it is worth going early for a meal before the show. A few restaurants Mazzarelli enjoys are: The Venetian, Geppetto’s (newly opened), Sasso’s, Brinx for coffee before the show or drinks in the evening after, Salt 2.0, and Toothpick.
Take part in the return of a Holiday classic, at the Main Stage of the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Conn. Performances are on Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m.
To purchase tickets, visit the theater’s website or call the Box Office at 860-489-7180.