Berkshire On Stage: Albany Berkshire’s Nutcracker Sees Record-Breaking Student Participation
Pittsfield, MASS- Nearly 800 youths from around the region will take part in the unique experience of bringing the beloved Nutcracker to life on stage with Albany Berkshire Ballet‘s professional company of dancers, surpassing all past records in its 44thseason.
770 student dancers from the communities ABB serves are performing in dates in Burlinton, Vermont, Albany, New York, Pittsfield and Springfield, Massachusetts this season.
“This level of participation is a testament to the continuing, and even rekindled interest in this form,” said Artistic Director and company founder Madeline Culpo. “It’s wonderful to see generation after generation of children growing and benefiting, and forming lifelong Nutcracker memories.”
With over 225 young dancers in Albany, and just under 200 in Pittsfield, Springfield and Burlington, these numbers represent a dramatic 30% increase in participation in the past year alone. 17 students will have the opportunity to portray the beloved role of Clara, as the children dance alongside the company’s 15 professional dancers.
“ABB has worked very hard to be relevant in a changing world while always remaining true to its roots, and I think we are seeing the results of that in the response from students and audience members of all ages,” states Board of Directors President Alison LaRocca.
Since 1974, Albany Berkshire Ballet’s professional mix of premiere U.S. and international dancers, award-winning costumes and set work- in conjunction with talented young dance students from across the communities its serves- has captivated audiences for many years, and inspired generations in the pursuit of dance. Sets and scenery were created by theater and movie set designer Carl Sprague, a Stockbridge native, and costumes were designed by Rita Watson and Victile Donahue.
The Nutcracker will be appearing in Pittsfield for four performances: Saturday Dec 1 at 2:30PM & 6:30PM and Sunday, Dec 2, at 1:30PM & 6:00PM.
For more information, please call the ABB at 413-445-5382, or visit berkshireballet.org for tour, ticketing and box office information.