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The Nutcracker

The Hartt School Community Division (HCD) presents its annual holiday production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Opening December 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Millard Auditorium on the University of Hartford campus, this year’s production promises magical storytelling and vivid dancing with a newly choreographed second act. Tickets are available online.

Nutcracker performance information:

  • Friday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 13, at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 20 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices:
  • $30 for adults
  • $20 for seniors
  • $20 for students
  • $15 children 12 and under

The Hartt School Community Division’s (HCD) annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker premiered in December of 2011. It has become a beloved holiday tradition in the Greater Hartford community, and features an ever-growing cast of HCD’s most talented preprofessional ballet dancers. Set to Peter IIyitch Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, The Nutcracker is an exquisitely stunning production that makes for a family-friendly holiday experience. This year, the first act continues to encompass the charm of former Artistic Director Samantha Dunster’s vision. The second act showcases brand new choreography set by current Artistic Director Susannah Marchese.

This season, HCD’s production will feature a tree that grows to tremendous heights, falling snow, the ultimate battle between Clara’s beloved Nutcracker and his nemesis the Rat King, and the return of beloved characters like Mother Ginger. “The Nutcracker is a time-honored tradition in every young dancer’s life” Marchese says about the ballet. “This year, I am taking the second act back to the Land Of The Sweets. Spanish Chocolate, Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea, Marzipan, Candy Canes, and of course the Sugar Plum Fairy will all be there to welcome Clara to the Land Of The Sweets.

Tchaikovsky’s world renowned score, all new second act choreography, radiant costumes, stunning sets and lighting, paired with our immensely talented dancers makes for a magical experience for young and old alike.”

2015 Nutcracker Sponsorship Campaign 

The Hartt School Community Division Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our donors to this year's Nutcracker. The Sponsorship Campaign supplements our earned income and makes it possible to maintain the highest standards of artistic excellence in all we do at Hartt. Your generous donations go directly toward making this performance and enchanting experience for our students and our community. Thank you.

Prima Ballerina
The Aiudi Family
C.M. Smith Agency, Inc.
J. Namnoun Oriental Rug Gallery


The Aiyathurai Famiily
Charles Hayward & Betsy Senior

Beth and Alan Laites

Click here to view behind the scenes of The Hartt School Community Division Dance Department's 2013 The Nutcracker production!

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