Essex native dances in '50 Shades' musical

Back when she was growing up in Essex, Caroline Reade danced on the Garde Arts Center's stage as part of Eastern Connecticut Ballet's "Nutcracker." She's back this weekend, in a very different production.

Reade is performing in the parody "50 Shades! The Musical," which plays the Garde at 8 p.m. Saturday. Reade portrays the lead character's "Inner Goddess," which involves what one critic described as some steamy dancer numbers with the stage version's Christian Grey. Reade is a graduate of Fordham University with the Alvin Ailey School's BFA in dance program, and she performed in a solo “Flamenco Nuevo." Her other musical-theater credits include "Evita" and "The Producers."

- Kristina Dorsey

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