Organizers say about 150 people, some as young as age 4, are involved in this weekend's productions of The Nutcracker, as presented by Seven Star School of Performing Arts.
The shows—two Saturday and one Sunday, all at Brewster High School—are expected to draw large crowds, according to ballet director Anita Intrieri. She and the rest of the behind-the-scenes staff have put together a program that features live music, courtesy of the high school, and beautiful costumers meant to bring audience members back in time to the Victorian era.
"Anyone who enjoys a traditional Christmas event will enjoy this," she said, adding that some folks who attended last year's production have made the performance a new family tradition.
The organizers have also added a unique touch: A tap sequence. Most renditions stick to traditional ballet, but this version has tap, too.
Two dancers from the Ballet Academy East in Manhattan will make guest appearances in the show. Both are on the verge of becoming professionals, Intrieri told Patch.
"My vision is for the children to see what they could possibly become," Intrieri said. "We're hoping that eventually the little angels will become the Sugar Plum Fairy."