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Fifty years ago, Joseph Albano created what was only the fifth "Nutcracker" in the United States.
What better way to celebrate that milestone annivesary that with more performances? "The Nutcracker" will pirouette onto the Mohegan Sun Arena stage Saturday and Sunday.
Albano, a New London native, founded the Hartford Ballet before creating his own company. His "Nutcracker" is also performed in Italy by the Ariston ProBallet Company. (Albano is the president of the International Ballet Competition in Sanremo, Italy.)
Among the performers in this "Nutcracker" are some international dancers - from Italy, Croatia, Holland and beyond. The role of the Cavalier Prince alternates between Eric Carnes, an Albano Ballet Academy principal dancer who grew up in Newington, and Marcello Algeri from Italy.
Providing the Tchaikovsky score is a live orchestra under the direction of Daniel Lee and associate conductor Paul Cho.
Youngsters might want to stay after the performance to meet and take photos with the dancers.
- KRISTINA DORSEY
Albano's "Nutcracker," 7 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun., Mohegan Sun Arena; $18-$33; a 2 p.m. Sat. show is open to Players Club Members only; mohegansun.com, 1-800-745-3000.