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Albino's Nutcracker to visit Mohegan Sun

16 October 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- In its 16th year at Mohegan Sun and its 56th year bringing Connecticut's young audience and families to its renown Christmas classic, Albano's Nutcracker schedules an ambitious 2017 holiday entertainment season. The Hartford-based Albano Ballet Company, in residence at Mohegan Sun as one of its holiday marvels, presents four performances in The Cabaret Theatre to live orchestra beginning Friday, 8 December.

Tickets are $38, $35 and $32 for adults and $32, $29 and $26 for children and are on sale now through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to the website or call Ticketmaster's national toll free number: 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office beginning on Tuesday, 17 October, subject to availability.

Schedule for Albano's Nutcracker at The Cabaret Theatre:
  • Friday, 8 December at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 December at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, 10 December at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Albano's Nutcracker touts full sets, costumes, props and more. Unlike small student recital productions, Albano's senior company, combined with its ever-growing and popular youth ballet, join forces with five of Connecticut's leading dance academies to showcase and underscore certain Albano variations, giving young dancers from around Connecticut an opportunity to work alongside professional ballet dancers to live music.

"Serious students of the dance must work with professional performers in order to inspire as well as to expand their technical prowess. Dancing with European guest artists as well enhances our American learning curve," Albano explains.

Miku Kawamura, prima ballerina from Japan, heads the list portraying the Sugar Plum Fairy, partnered by Eric Cranes, international premier danseur, portraying the Prince and trained by Albano. Mr. Carnes' biography includes performances in Italy, Croatia and Greece. Takao from Hong Kong; Yuko Suzuki from Japan; Henry Seth of the New York Ballet; Sabrina Rinaldi, soloist of Ariston Pro Ballet, Italy; Andrea Frisano dancer for the Torino Opera House, Italy; and Olga Aru formerly of the Moscow Ballet, Russia, round out this year's featured solo performances.

Albano's Nutcracker relives the holiday story on Christmas Eve, decorating the tree and sharing presents. Uncle Drosselmeyer presents Albano's signature puppet, Nutcracker, to Clara. Brother Fitz, enraged with the choice, breaks it, unfolding the dance drama in the exquisite Land of Snow and then into the Kingdom of Sweets. It is in the Kingdom of Sweets where ballet identifies the magic, grace and diverse divertissements that defines its essence, especially for Americans.

Albano continues, "It is necessary to feature a full-length ballet with live orchestra, creating the interplay among the dancers and the sound. Of course, the full-scale backdrops also enhance the beauty."

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