The Nutcracker Reimagined by Ballet Theatre Company at The Bushnell choreographed by Artistic Director, Stephanie Dattellas follows the familiar holiday storyline with many twists and turns along the way that will enchant first-time viewers and seasoned audience members alike. From dancing dolls that pay homage to West Hartford history, to a battalion of break-dancing mice, and a menagerie of dancing sweets and treats, you’ll experience Clara’s magical journey like never before.
While The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition for many families, the Second Act historically features racist interpretations of Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Russian cultures through dance and costume. For this fresh version of The Nutcracker, Dattellas staged a fully reimagined Second Act, transforming Clara’s journey through an exciting landscape of sweets and treats and leaving behind outdated, Victorian-era representations of world cultures. Lead Costume Designer Pat Nurnberger brings this modern refresh to life with over 70 new hand-sewn costumes in enchanting styles and colors.
This revitalized Second Act will delight audiences for years to come!
The Sensory-Friendly performance – Sunday, December 3 at 11:00 a.m.:
BTC is proud to present a sensory-friendly performance in partnership with The Bushnell and The Miracle League of CT. Music and on stage sounds will be lowered, low level lighting will be maintained, and when warranted, adjustments to the production will be made to ensure everyone’s comfort. The Sensory-Friendly performance is also appropriate for children under the age of five experiencing the theater for the first time. Please contact The Bushnell’s Front of House Manager, Catherine Gruszka Vadala at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Multiple performances: Friday, December 1 at 7pm; Saturday, December 2 at 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, December 3 at 11:00am (Sensory) & 3pm