For fifteen years, New England Civic Ballet (NECB) has been performing its popular production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" to sold-out crowds at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College. In celebration of this milestone, NECB is mounting its fifteenth anniversary production with new costumes, new choreography, and many new cast members who are set to take the stage and delight the audience once again. Over 80 dancers, hailing from various dance studios throughout the area, have rehearsed their roles and choreography under Mrs. Phyllis George and Mrs. Roshni Pecora, the talented and experienced NECB Company and School Directors, respectively.

Performances will take place on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.newenglandcivicballet.org or by calling the dance studio at 978-975-0289. Ticket prices are $25 for adults; $22 for children age 12 and under, and seniors age 65 and older. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more attending the same performance.

The Nutcracker Ballet follows young Clara who, after her family's holiday party, dreams that the Nutcracker doll she received from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer comes to life as a valiant Cavalier who saves her from mischievous mice. She reciprocates by rescuing him from the Mouse Queen and they travel through an enchanted snow forest to meet the Sugarplum Fairy at the Palace of Sweets. Clara is entertained by dancers representing delights from throughout the world and awakens back in her home with her beloved Nutcracker doll. Was it a dream or was it real? Come enjoy this beautiful presentation of a holiday classic and see for yourself! The new costumes, scenery and choreography, but especially the talent of the dancers of all ages will dazzle and entertain you from beginning to end.

For more information regarding the ballet, performances, and other information, contact the director, Phyllis George, at the New England Civic Ballet studios at 978-975-0289 or newenglandcivicballet@verizon.net.

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