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Lots of chances to view a classic

  • Aiva Berrigan of Bow, a student of Eastern Ballet Institute, will perform in the Boston Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Courtesy of Kimberlie Berrigan

  • Members of Eastern Ballet Institute performed excerpts from “The Nutcracker” at the Concord Tree Lighting. Courtesy of Heather Bowes

  • Members of Eastern Ballet Institute performed excerpts from The Nutcracker at the Concord Tree Lighting. —Courtesy of Heather Bowes

  • Members of Eastern Ballet Institute performed excerpts from The Nutcracker at the Concord Tree Lighting. —Courtesy of Heather Bowes

  • Members of Eastern Ballet Institute performed excerpts from The Nutcracker at the Concord Tree Lighting. —Courtesy of Heather Bowes


Monitor staff
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A staple of the holiday season is The Nutcracker composed by Pytor Tchaikovsky.

The Christmas ballet is the classic story that opens during a party at the Stahlbaum home. Among the gifts presented by toymaker (and something of a magician) Herr Drosselmeyer is a nutcracker for his niece, Clara.

After the party has ended and as the clock strikes midnight, toys come to life and a battle breaks out between mice and the Nutcracker Prince and his army of tin soldiers.

Clara distracts the Mouse King long enough for the Nutcracker to achieve victory.

Then, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince head off to the Land of Sweets where they are showered with gifts of sweets as thanks.

Here are some of the shows you can see nearby.

Eastern Ballet Institute

A Concord dance school, the Eastern Ballet Institute, will again perform The Nutcracker at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon. During the Act I overture, there will be a slideshow of antique wintertime photos. Dancers from the school will be accompanied by a 20 piece orchestra featuring Concord High School students. Tickets purchased in advance are $18 to $23; at the door, the cost will be $3 more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ccanh.com/events/the-nutcracker.

Turning Point Center of Dance

Turning Point Center of Dance of Pembroke will dance its annual version on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium. Tickets to the show are $18. Clara’s Tea will be held in the lobby from noon to 1 p.m. for an additional $10. For more information, visit turningpointecenterofdance.com or concordcityauditorium.org.

New Hampshire School of Ballet

There are two chances to watch New Hampshire School of Ballet students perform The Nutcracker. See them Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium or Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. Tickets are $18

For more information, visit nhschoolofballet.com or concordcityauditorium.org

St. Paul’s School

St. Paul’s School ballet company will present a condensed, Act II-only rendition of The Nutcracker on Dec. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the school’s campus. The show is free and open to the public, but there will be an optional collection of unwrapped gifts less than $25. Concord resident Zoe Dienes will dance as the Snow Queen, a leading role, and 11 students from Concord elementary schools will perform as angels. For more information, visit sps.edu.

Local on the road

Aiva Berrigan of Bow, a student of Eastern Ballet Institute, will perform as a soldier in the Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Shows will run through Dec. 31 at the Boston Opera House.  Times are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinees at 1:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 and 6 p.m. Christmas Eve shows will be at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and New Year’s Eve will be only at 7 p.m. 

More dancing

Though not a production of The Nutcracker, Concord Dance Academy will perform a holiday-themed dance performance this weekend. You can view the annual Holiday Spectacular on Saturday at 1 and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit concordcityauditorium.org.