Updates added to Wilton Dance Studio’s production of The Nutcracker

Weston dancers in the Wilton Dance Studio’s production of The Nutcracker include, clockwise from top center: Jamie Friedman (Ballerina Doll), Jenna Babyak (Mirliton), Bella Randazzo (Snow Queen), and Lily Harwood (Mirliton).

Weston dancers in the Wilton Dance Studio’s production of The Nutcracker include, clockwise from top center: Jamie Friedman (Ballerina Doll), Jenna Babyak (Mirliton), Bella Randazzo (Snow Queen), and Lily Harwood (Mirliton).

How do you keep a holiday tradition fresh and fun? With some reindeer, a sleigh and a few other touches sure to make this year’s The Nutcracker ballet more magical than ever.

Wilton Dance Studio’s 2012 production features more than 110 students and adults from seven area towns, including 20 from Weston.

The ballet will be performed on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Wilton High School’s Clune Center for the Performing Arts.

Wilton Dance Studio’s The Nutcracker is now in its 14th year. An antique sleigh will be incorporated into the production, and a vintage canopy bed upon which the Nutcracker makes his battle scene entrance will enhance the setting. New period costumes for the opening party scene have been added, and the Snow Queen and Dew Drop fairies will be dressed in sparkly new tutus. The Nutcracker himself will be donning a brand new head that will make its debut in this year’s performance.

Brenda Froehlich, Wilton native, owner and artistic director of the studio said, “Every year we do our best to keep the performance fresh for the audience and for the dancers. Some of our dancers have been with us for more than 10 years and we’re committed to making The Nutcracker magical for them every year.”

Principals in this year’s production from Weston include Bella Randazzo as Snow Queen, Jamie Friedman as Ballerina Doll, and Jenna Babyak as Soldier Doll, plus many others.

Also joining this production of The Nutcracker is world-renowned guest principal dancer Abraham Miha. Miha has danced nationally and internationally as a soloist and principal dancer with such companies as Ballet Arizona, Hartford Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and many others. The 2012 Nutcracker production marks his second appearance with Wilton Dance Studio as the Sugar Plum Cavalier.

The ballet, in two acts, follows the traditional story of Clara and her Nutcracker prince from E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

To buy tickets for the Wilton Dance Studio production of The Nutcracker, call 203-544-9007 and leave a message or visit wiltondance.com and click on the link in the center of the home page to download and print the ticket order form and fax it to the school at 203-544-8820. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the show.

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