Residents perform Albany Berkshire Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

Madeline Sawyer and Chelsea Casarico.

Madeline Sawyer and Chelsea Casarico.

Albany Berkshire Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” has been captivating audiences since 1974. The Burlington holiday tradition returns to the Flynn MainStage on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. This holiday classic unites children from all over Vermont to perform with professional dancers at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.

With lavish sets and scenery designed by Carl Sprague, the performances feature over 140 local dance students from over 30 Vermont towns, under the guidance of Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo. Helena Sullivan – owner and artistic director of Stowe Dance Academy, Mad River Dance Academy, and the Rehearsal Mistress for Albany Berkshire Ballet – has been leading the rehearsals for our young, local dancers to prepare them for the magical production.

Aspiring Vermont dancers, ages three to 17, are given the opportunity to share the stage with professional dancers from across the globe. There will be three Thanksgiving weekend performances, each with a different cast of local dancers. Shelburne dancers include Chelsea Casarico and Madeline Sawyer as Clara.

Albany Berkshire Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” at the following times:
Saturday, Nov. 30 at 3 and 7 pm and Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 pm.

Tickets available for purchase at or by calling 863-5966.

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