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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 Main Stage on November 30 and December 1. The show unites children from all over Vermont to perform with professional dancers at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.
Dancers from the Mad River Valley include Lucy Badger, Claudia Derryberry, Lila Derryberry (Clara), Madeline Fitzpatrick, Amalia Iskandarova, Sadie Haskell, Emma Ryley, Adelaide Sullivan, Wanda Sullivan and Amelia Tarno.
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 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. Tickets available for purchase at www.Flynntix.org or by calling (802) 863-5966.
Show times are Saturday, November 30, at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 1, at 1 p.m.