The classic story 'The Nutcracker' re-imagined

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BRATTLEBORO — The New England Center for Circus Arts has presented its annual re-imagining of the classic Nutcracker since 2009. This year marks the 8th annual extravaganza and the first production in NECCA's new custom-built circus facility promises to be a high flying celebration of circus joy in "The Flying Nut Express."

The annual production is an evening of high-flying aerials, stunning acrobatics and astonishing feats of the human body featuring performers from NECCA's youth performance troupes and adult professional programs, with special guest artists in character roles. This year, the new building will be an added feature with a trampoline and tramp wall act that have never before been seen at NECCA as well as German wheel, aerial silks, contortion, trapeze and unicycling.

"The Flying Nut Express" offers five shows only, Dec. 15 through 17 in Brattleboro at the school's new building at 10 Town Crier Drive.

Special guest performers are Ernesto Lea Place and Caitlin Quinn, professional ballet dancers turned aerial straps artists who will grace the stage with top-flight aerials alongside their stunning dance moves. Quinn hails from Georgia and won a spot in the New York finals of the Youth American Grand Prix in dance. Lea Place is originally from Buenos Aires and alongside his solo work has paired with Quinn for a professional career that included Nashville Ballet, Minnesota Ballet, Ballet San Antonio and Fort Wayne Ballet.

This year's contemporary re-imagining of the classic Nutcracker story experiences a circus of mix ups in a fun adventure for the whole family. A holiday sleepover turns into a trip to the North Pole on the Circus Express and favorite holiday characters join the shenanigans to share in the gift of giving. This is definitely not your usual Nutcracker.

Tickets are on sale now for $10 to $25 available at necenterforcircusarts.org. For more information, call 802-254-9780.


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