TORRINGTON — Torrington’s holiday celebrations include special performances and shows at the city’s Warner Theatre on Main Street. Tickets are available and advance purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets, call the Warner Box Office at 860-489-7180 or visit warnertheatre.org.
The Warner Theatre kicks off the holiday season by inviting the community to enjoy holiday films on the big screen on Nov. 30. Free popcorn will be provided all day, compliments of Elevator Service Company.
At 1 p.m., the theater will screen the family comedy, “Home Alone.” Doors open at noon for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is free, and no tickets are required; a line will form under the marquee.
Come back in the evening for White Christmas Sing-along at 7 pm. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets are $5. Gather your family and friends for this beloved 1954 film with lyrics embedded on screen. Sing along to “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing,” “Snow,” “Sisters” and, of course, the iconic “White Christmas.”
As part of the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory’s 50th Anniversary season, it will unveil an exciting new production of “The Nutcracker” this year. Presented on the Warner Theatre’s Main Stage Dec. 7-8, audiences will witness a reimagined full-length ballet, complete with new sets, costumes and choreography.
All dance roles will feature trainees of the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, along with cameo roles performed by children from The Torrington School of Ballet. These aspiring artists come from all over the country to hone their craft and develop their artistry at The Nutmeg. The mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer will once again be played by accomplished European stage actor Thomas Evertz.
Originally conceived by Sharon Dante, this production will feature choreography by the Nutmeg's faculty, led by artistic director Victoria Mazzarelli, and is set to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece. Additional coaching is provided by Timothy Melady, Susan Szabo, Eleanor D’Antuono, Denise Warner Limoli, Joan Kunsch, and Alexei Tchernichov.
Melady, the Nutmeg's Ballet Master, has led the production team responsible for bringing to reality the vision of Mazzarelli and scenic designer Roger LaVoie. Additional members of the design team include costume designers Susan Fazzino, Janessa Urwin and Susan Aziz; lighting designer Brian Sciarra; set construction by American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA; and painting by Roger LaVoie Designs/TSDesigns.
Performances at the Warner are Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Group discounts are available.
The Warner Stage Company will present “A Christmas Carol – A Dramatic Solo Performance” in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre. Stage company veteran performer, Dick Terhune, will portray more than 30 characters in this solo performance.
“A Christmas Carol” is a novella by English writer Charles Dickens, first published on December 19, 1843. It has been adapted into a variety of mediums, with the first theater production taking place in London within six weeks of publication. The run lasted for 40 nights before transferring to the Park Theatre in New York City. In 1853, Dickens began to perform the story itself in public, performing each of the characters himself without props or costume changes. He continued to make these occasional recitals until his final public performance on March 15, 2870.
Performances are December 7, 13-14 at 8 p.m. and Dec.8 and 15 at 2 pm. The Warner Stage Company production is directed by Sharon W. Houk.