A wintry welcome to an annual showcase
by: Georgia Thoms
Every year when the snow begins to fall and the air is crisp, Eastern Connecticut Ballet, aka ECB, performs “The Nutcracker” at The Garde Arts Center in New London.
For over 25 years, ECB has partnered with The Garde.
“It is a nice little package that brings all the arts and downtown businesses together and it brings people together from the two rivers. It has become a tradition,” said Founder and Executive Director of ECB Lise Reardon.
From little mice to exquisite flowers, the production showcases the talents of all ages, and this could not happen without The Garde Theater.
“I don’t think dancers get enough credit for all their hard work and commitment,” said junior dancer Anna Blackwood. “I think The Garde allows us to show our technique to a wider audience.”
The dancers work up to 20 hours a week in rehearsals to perfect the show, and although it may seem time consuming, most dancers would agree that the joy of being on stage is worth every minute.
Blackwood makes note of how the full size stage and the high quality lights at The Garde bring a professional air to the show for a high quality performance.
Amanda Hausberger, also a dancer from ECB, agreed and said that The Garde has “a nice professional environment and it makes you feel like you are part of a professional company.”
What makes The Garde superior, is the nationally recognized unique architecture, multifaceted programming, and the fact that it is a non-profit performing arts center.
“The original production was designed to complement the theater and the theater complements the scenery,” said Ms. Reardon.
When asked if “The Nutcracker” would be the same without the theatre, Hausberger said,“I don’t think it would, because you always think of “The Nutcracker” as you get to go to The Garde, and you get to watch in the seats, and get to be on a big stage and without that, “The Nutcracker” wouldn’t be the same, it would just be like another performance.” Eastern Connecticut Ballet is proud to present “The Nutcracker” at The Garde Arts Center on Dec. 9 and 10, so stop by and enjoy a show full of excitement, color, and magic.