Letter: Conservatory celebrates third annual Nutcracker

To the Editors:

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the entire cast, crew and staff of the Conservatory of Dance in Wilton Center who made our third annual Storybook Nutcracker a great success! Your hard work and dedication to dance provided a joyful experience for our community.

The Storybook Nutcracker is in addition to our spectacular yearly spring performance at the Clune Center. We were fortunate to dance at the Wilton Library the Saturday before our performance, which took place on Sunday, Dec. 15. We had to cancel our Dec. 14 shows due to the snow.

More than 50 ballet dancers lit up the stage, creating a fairytale land of dreams, sweets, and beautiful performances! The cozy atmosphere provided by the Wilton Playshop truly allowed the dancers to shine. It was a festive way to start off the holiday season.

This year’s Storybook Nutcracker was truly magical and inspiring, as the performance was dedicated in loving memory of Sal Clancy. Sal was never far from the stage, an avid supporter of the Conservatory dancers and parents. His presence filled the lobby with his bubbly personality as he sold nutcrackers and tickets and went wherever and whenever he was needed. His bright smile and endless warm hugs will be forever missed. We all love you, Sal, and know that you were with us in spirit the entire weekend saying, ‘Bravo.’

Proceeds from the ticket and lobby sales will support the Wilton Food Bank and the Conservatory Scholarship Fund.

Special thanks to our ballet faculty: Rachel Blackwelder, Yuki Imaiuzmi and Therese Wendler, whose special collaboration to design and produce this production was invincible. Thank you to all the parents who lent us your children and supported all their efforts to make this happen, and of course, thank you to our dancers, whose hard work and dedication were priceless to this production.

The Storybook Nutcracker would not have been possible without the support of so many. Thank you to Symone Lewin, Nan Merolla, Leslie Troost, Jeff Titus, Evan Titus, Bev Clancy, Craig Gehr, Donna Savage, Barbarajean Segall, and Christine Merolla.

Special thanks as well to Zelie Pforzheimer, Ginger Cutter and Chris Randazzo at the Wilton Playshop, and all the countless volunteers.

Bravo to all involved in this production, and I look forward to next year’s annual Storybook Nutcracker tradition, hopefully without a snowstorm!

 Christine Titus

Artistic Director

Wilton, Dec. 16