November/December 2016
The Nutcracker

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Message from the Artistic Director

The Nutcracker is just around the corner! Each year gets better and better; this year is no exception. Students have been working hard on new choreography, costumes (including new additions) are being fitted and everyone is full of excitement about the upcoming performances.

NHB is proud to present our family friendly production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, at the Shubert Theater, December 9-11. From the thrill of hearing the theater filled with music by the New Haven Ballet Orchestra, lead by Dr. Richard Gard, to the bell-like quality of singers from ECA ACES, lead by music chair, Amy Christman, to the students and Sugar Plum Fairy dancing, to myriad new surprises -- there is something to entice and enchant the entire family.

Tickets are available now. I look forward to seeing you at the theater!

With thanks,
Lisa Sanborn
Artistic Director

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Guest Stars: Simone Messmer and Stephen Hanna

She is Miami City Ballet's star and prima ballerina -- the incomparable, Simone Messmer. We are delighted that Ms. Messmer has agreed to return to New Haven to reprise her role as the Sugar Plum Fairy in NHB's The Nutcracker.

If you happened to miss one of his incredible performances as principal dancer with New York City Ballet, you might have caught him in An American in Paris or Twyla Tharp's Come Fly Away on Broadway. Of course, we are referring to none other than, Stephen Hanna, who will be performing as the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, December 9-11, at the Shubert Theater.

Don't miss your chance to see these incredible dancers performing together only in New Haven Ballet's The Nutcracker.

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I-95 Billboards

Keep your eyes peeled on I-95! Heading North at Exit 42 in West Haven, The Nutcracker billboard is on the left. Heading South on the Q-Bridge in East Haven, The Nutcracker billboard is on the right. 

You will also hear about NHB's Nutcracker:
  • WEBE 108 FM radio 
  • WQUN 1220 AM radio
  • Facebook
  • Various Shoreline Newspaper Holiday Guides
  • Magazines, posters and flyers
Please help us spread the word. If you know of a great place to post a Nutcracker flyer, please come into the NHB office and pick one up. We appreciate your help!

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Kids for Kids

Help a child celebrate the holidays. New Haven Ballet is helping to collect toys through Kids for Kids Annual Toy Drive. Please bring an unwrapped new toy to 70 Audubon Street before December 3.

Kids for Kids is a non-proit fund raising 501(C)3 corporation dedicated to raising funds for children in medical or financial need. Established in 1994, to date the group has raised over $1 million for local charities. 

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Alumni News

We will be holding ballet classes Thanksgiving Weekend , on Saturday and Sunday, November 26-27, 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Danspace. We invite and encourage all NHB alums (together with everyone else aged 12+years) to join us for ballet class after Thanksgiving.

Catch up with NHB alum,  Kelsey Blount

On December 10, at 5:00 p.m., at the Shubert Theater, we invite NHB alums to join us at The Nutcracker as we celebrate you, your NHB experiences, and your contributions to NHB. Please join us in the lobby after the performance!

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The Nutcracker 

The Nutcracker will once again be presented at the Shubert Theater, December 9-11, 2016. This year's
Nutcracker promises to be more spectacular than ever, featuring new choreography, props, costumes, and guest artists!

Tickets on Sale Now: Tickets
Excellent seats still available

Nutcracker DVD Orders: DVD Order Form

Please note: NHB's Nutcracker Children's Matinee on Friday, December 9, at 10 am, is sold out  


We have learned that certain ticket aggregators are selling tickets to New Haven Ballet's The Nutcracker at significantly higher prices. These aggregators are listed when purchasers perform online searches. Once purchasers realize they have paid too much no portion is refundable. These vendors are not affiliated in any way with New Haven Ballet or the Shubert Theater.

To guarantee you receive the lowest prices for tickets visit the Shubert Theater or NHB's website.

If you have any questions please call NHB's Office: 203-782-9038.

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  • November 23-26:  Thanksgiving Vacation
  • November 26-27:  Open Division Classes  10:30-11 a.m., Danspace, 12+years
  • November 26-27: Nutcracker Rehearsals
  • December 9-11: The Nutcracker, Shubert Theater
  • December 19-January 1: Winter Break. NO CLASSES
  • January 2: Classes resume
  • January 13: NHB Company and Apprentice Company Auditions. Level 5-8
  • January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. NO CLASSES
  • January 23: First day of Spring Term

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Please Donate

is underway. For those who donated, we greatly appreciate your generosity. 
If you have not yet donated, please consider supporting NHB. 
The magic you make will touch lives all around you!

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