December 6, 2019

Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s Clara Doesn’t Use a Cell Phone

 “OMG Clara, ur party sounds rly gr8! C u 2nite @ the Garde.”

Eric Love playing the part of Mother Ginger with the little girl, Bailey Columber in Act 2 of the Nutcracker

Clara of yesteryear, the young heroine whose enchanting adventure has been celebrated for decades in the classic ballet, “The Nutcracker,” would have shared news with her friends in very different ways.  Before cell phones, girls responded to formal invitations with wild and giddy chitchat in the schoolyard.  If the tale were written today, text messages would fly back and forth across cyberspace anticipating the grand holiday party in honor of the return of Clara’s seafaring father.  Technology may change, but holiday traditions transcend time.  Family and friends have always gathered to make merry with food, dancing, jokes, laughter, storytelling, games, and gifts.

Instead of posting Facebook pictures and tweets, Clara relies upon her vivid imagination to sweep her away on the magical journey of a lifetime.  The Nutcracker helps her escape harm from evil pirate rats and sails her across snowy seas to the Kingdom of the Sweets.  Today, the beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the wonder of Mother Ginger would generate a flurry of text messages to Clara’s BFF.

Alexander Iziliaev as the Cavalier and Arantxa Ochoa guest artisits from the Pennsylvania Ballet as the Sugar Plum Fairy

Why should you turn off your cell phones and take your family to see Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at the Garde?  The answer is simple:  To escape the tug of technology and immerse yourself in the lost art of storytelling, beautiful dancing and real live orchestral music.  Marvel at 118 dancers from Eastern Connecticut and guest artists Alexander Iziliaev and Arantxa Ochoa from Pennsylvania Ballet, joined by Lauren Kennedy and Alexander Akvolv from Festival Ballet.  Delight in the melodic voices of the Griswold High School Chamber Choir during the breathtaking Waltz of the Snowflakes.

Jump at the opportunity to share “Cookies with Clara and her Nutcracker Friends” after the December 11, 4:30 p.m. performance (additional charge required).  Finally, take pleasure in knowing that while you enjoy the show with your family and friends, you are also helping support Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s community outreach programs and scholarships.

Immerse yourself in the region’s rich seafaring heritage with New London’s very own “The Nutcracker.”  Performances are Dec. 11 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m. 

 For tickets call the Garde (860) 444-7373 or online at  Group rates and military discounts are available.