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Darien Arts Center Presents Annual Favorite ‘Scenes From The Nutcracker’

Troy Kelley and Hannah Ferguson at a rehearsal for this year’s performance of "Scenes from the Nutcracker."
Troy Kelley and Hannah Ferguson at a rehearsal for this year’s performance of "Scenes from the Nutcracker." Photo Credit: Heather Kahlert

DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien Arts Center will present a production of "Scenes from the Nutcracker" on five dates in December at the DAC Weatherstone Studio.

Darien Arts Center’s  dance companies join together to entertain audiences of all ages in this annual production. The Tchaikovsky holiday classic is abbreviated to an hour-long narrated show, specifically geared for young audiences.

Children get to sit up close and are invited to meet and greet the characters after the performance.

The show, a Darien favorite since 2002, provides an appealing introduction to attending dance performances for the younger set, according to a release from the DAC.

“The Nutcracker was written for children,” says DAC dance director and show choreographer Bonnie Gombos. “It’s a fabulous adventure that also exposes audiences to different kinds of dancing, and it’s a great opportunity to spark an interest in dance. The original version is just a bit long for little ones, so we’ve adapted ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’ keeping them in mind.”

This year’s production features new dances, characters and colorful costumes, guaranteed to delight all audience members, the release said.The dances consist of members from the DAC dance department’s junior, senior and adult companies.

The showtimes are as follows: noon and 3 p.m. on Dec. 10, 11 and 17; at 6 p.m. on Dec. 16, and noon on Dec. 18.

Tickets are $10. Reservations are highly recommended, as performances sell out quickly for this popular annual tradition.

Call the DAC box office at (203)-655-8683 or email for reservations.

The DAC offers educational programs in dance, visual arts, music and theater, special events and  live theater performances by DAC Stage.

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community.

The DAC is at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. For additional information, call (203)-655-8683 or visit

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