Two Shelburne dancers perform in “The Nutcracker”

Shelburne dancers Katherine Lawton, at left, and Madeline Sawyer will perform in “The Nutcracker” this weekend.

A Burlington holiday tradition since 1974, Albany Berkshire Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” has been captivating audiences with its magic and wonderment.  The enduring production returns to the Flynn MainStage on Nov. 24-25. This enchanting ballet unites children from all over Vermont to perform with professional dancers at the legendary Flynn Theater.

Albany Berkshire Ballet, under the guidance of Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo, has choreographed the cherished holiday classic, which also features the beloved score of Peter Tchaikovsky.  With lavish sets and scenery designed by Carl Sprague, the performances feature 130 local dance students from 34 Vermont towns.

Aspiring Vermont dancers, ages 3 to 17, coming from Caledonia, Chittenden, Addison, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans, and Washington counties are given the opportunity to perform with professional dancers from across the globe on the historic Flynn stage.  Three Thanksgiving weekend performances will take place at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, each with a different cast of local dancers. Dancers from the Shelburne area include Katherine Lawton and Madeline Sawyer.

The Nutcracker has been introducing audiences of all ages to the magnificent world of ballet for more than a century. Don’t miss the timeless family tale this holiday season.

Albany Berkshire Ballet presents “The Nutcracker”

Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3 pm and 7 pm

Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1 pm

Tickets available for purchase at www.Flynntix.org or by calling (802) 863-5966.

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