For the Register Citizen By Jack Sheedy TORRINGTON –
What’s coming up on Nutmeg Ballet’s calendar? Here are three events of interest to you.
Oct. 12: Are you ready for Columbus Day? Nutmeg is all set to help the Torrington chapter of UNICO National celebrate Columbus Day with a program of entertainment at Coe Memorial Park.
UNICO’s annual celebration begins with a ceremony at Columbus Square at 8:30 a.m., followed by entertainment at Coe Memorial Park beginning at 9 a.m. In keeping with the day’s Italian theme, Nutmeg students will dance the tarantella, choreographed by artistic director Victoria Mazzarelli.
Peggy Hotchkiss, a UNICO member, said Nutmeg has been a part of the annual Columbus Day celebration since 2005.
Nov. 13: Nutmeg will host its first-ever Business After Hours event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, 58 Main St. Business After Hours is a monthly networking event presented by Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. It is held at a different chamber member site each month.
JoAnn Ryan, president and CEO of the chamber, said, “We really want to share the wonderful experiences that Nutmeg is creating for this community, this region and well beyond. People will be amazed when they see some of the dancers, and when they learn of the extensiveness and the experience and excellence of Nutmeg. It really is incredible what they’ve done over the years, and we just want to show them off to everybody.”
Anita Rosa, vice president of finance and operations at the chamber, said, “One of the things the Business After Hours event provides is really the exposure of the business or organization to let people in. Unless you have a child that goes to Nutmeg, or you’ve gone to a special event, you may not have ever seen the inside of the conservatory. We invite all of the chamber membership, and we invite our potential members and guests.”
Potential guests are asked to register in advance with the chamber by calling 860-482-6586.
Dec. 14: About 1,200 Torrington Public School students in grades 2-5 will be treated to a free, abbreviated performance of “The Nutcracker,” thanks to a Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation grant provided by the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund. Just before the curtain goes up on this kid-friendly performance at the Warner Theatre, students will listen to a synopsis of the story and interact with the performers.
“We’re very grateful to be partnering with the Torrington Public Schools in this endeavor and are thankful that both the school district and the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation believe, as we do, in the power of the arts to transform lives and enrich communities,” said Donna Mattiello, director of academics at Nutmeg.
This season, Nutmeg for the last time will use the exquisite “Nutcracker” set designed by Campbell Baird. A thrilling new set by Roger Lavoie will be unveiled in November and used next season for the first time, as part of Nutmeg’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebration in 2019.