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The last Stamford's Nutcracker (by Balanchine)

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#1 Dale


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Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:18 AM

Here's the release regarding the final year the Stamford Center for the Arts will present George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. For people who like to go to SAB's workshop to see the dancers of the future, this is a great showcase. All the divertisments, except Dew Drop, are performed by SAB students.

Stamford Center for the Arts Presents
The FINAL YEAR of the Family Holiday Classic
George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM

Stamford, CT - Stamford Center for the Arts recruited over 80 enthusiastic youngsters and
some of the top talent from the dancing community to perform SCA’s finale of the long
withstanding tradition, George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM.

The show features stars from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. This
season SCA has engaged, Julie Kent (Principal Dancer/American Ballet Theatre), Ashley
Bouder (Principal Dancer/New York City Ballet), Jose Manuel Carreño (Principal Dancer/
American Ballet Theatre), Damian Woetzel (Principal Dancer/New York City Ballet), Teresa
Reichlen (Soloist/New York City Ballet), and Monique Meunier to grace the Palace stage.
Each of these performers is critically and popularly acclaimed to be among the most renowned
performers in the dance world.

Stamford Center for the Arts’ spectacular production, with repetiteur Darla Hoover
staging the original Balanchine choreography, also features corps de ballet of pre-professional
dancers from the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet.
There will be four performances scheduled over two weekends, December 8 & 9 and
December 15 & 16 at Stamford’s Palace Theatre (61 Atlantic Street). The first weekend (two
performances) Ashley Bouder will play the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy partnered with Jose
Manuel Carreño as Her Cavalier, plus Teresa Reichlen as Dewdrop.

Performances are:
Saturday December 8 at 5pm
Sunday December 9 at 12noon

The second weekend (two performances) Julie Kent will play the role of the Sugar Plum
Fairy partnered with Damian Woetzel as Her Cavalier, with Monique Meunier as Dewdrop.

Performances are:
Saturday December 15 at 12noon
Sunday December 16 at 12noon

The Balanchine Trust annually grants Stamford Center for the Arts the rights to produce
George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM, making SCA’s production the only one throughout
New England and one of only seven companies (including New York City Ballet’s production
at Lincoln Center) in the country permitted to re-create his original choreography.
The Stamford Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece LIVE with
guest conductor Enrique Carreón-Robledo. Enrique is a conductor of international critical and
popular acclaim, and has worked for a diversity of companies and orchestras throughout the

George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM is sponsored by UBS with additional support
from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Tickets, at $49-$54-$59 may be charged by phone with major credit cards by calling the
SCA Box Office at 203-325-4466 or on the website at www.scalive.org. Tickets may also be
purchased in person at the box offices of either the Palace Theatre or Rich Forum (307 Atlantic
Street) in downtown Stamford, CT. Both box offices are open Monday-Saturday from 10AM
to 6pm and Sunday 12PM-5PM.

For additional information (directions, parking, area restaurants and shopping) visit the
SCA website at www.scalive.org or call 203-325-4466.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 01:40 PM

It is a shame that it is the final season. It is a rite of passage that the advanced SAB students look forward to.

#3 Amy Reusch

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 08:31 PM


Why is it the final year? It didn't seem to say in the press release...

Carol Sumner used to have some connection to the Palace... does this production have something to do with her?

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 09:17 PM

Tickets haven't sold well the past few years, according to newspaper stories at the time it was announced this would be the final season.

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 07:28 PM

The Stamford Center for the Arts has lost almost a million dollars in funding for next year's budget. So sad. Many talented dancers performed for the first time on the Palace Theater stage. Everyone in Stamford is appalled, but there is little that can be done. The production has been losing money for years.

Stamford is building global headquarters, Ritz hotels, and a Trump tower! Yet noone will come up with the cash to sponsor a few Ballet performances! The money for performing arts organizations tends to gravitate towards Manhattan.

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 07:45 PM

carol sumner is teaching in the city now, but i believe this is the production that she first presented there.

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