Photo: Jarret Liotta / For Hearst Connecticut Media
Image 1 of 10
The sold-out crowd waits for the show to start at the "Scenes from the Nutcracker" performance at Darien Arts Center, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
Photo: Jarret Liotta / For Hearst Connecticut Media
Image 2 of 10
The Nutcrakcer and Mouse King battle, as Clara prepares to throw a pillow, at the "Scenes from the Nutcracker" performance at Darien Arts Center, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
Photo: Jarret Liotta / For Hearst Connecticut Media
Image 3 of 10
Chloe Bortel, 11, of Darien, at right, who plays Clara, and other party guest performers backstage at the "Scenes from the Nutcracker" performance at Darien Arts Center, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
Photo: Jarret Liotta / For Hearst Connecticut Media
Image 4 of 10
Katie Keever, 16, of Darien, and other cast members warm up backstage before the "Scenes from the Nutcracker" performance at Darien Arts Center, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
Photo: Jarret Liotta / For Hearst Connecticut Media
Image 5 of 10
Mackenzie Swift, 15, of Darien, prepares for the performance at the "Scenes from the Nutcracker" show at Darien Arts Center, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
Photo: Jarret Liotta / For Hearst Connecticut Media
Image 6 of 10
Snow Queen Meghan Wood, 17, of Darien, and the Snow Fairies dance at the "Scenes from the Nutcracker" performance at Darien Arts Center, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
Photo: Jarret Liotta / For Hearst Connecticut Media
Image 7 of 10
Natalie Pitteway, 17, of Norwalk, stretches her legs before the "Scenes from the Nutcracker" performance at Darien Arts Center, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
Photo: Jarret Liotta / For Hearst Connecticut Media
Image 8 of 10
Riley Kunetz, 14, of Darien, performs as the Dancing Doll at the "Scenes from the Nutcracker" performance at Darien Arts Center, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
Photo: Jarret Liotta / For Hearst Connecticut Media
Image 9 of 10
Glitter Fairy Sophia Perkins leads the dancing Angels at the "Scenes from the Nutcracker" performance at Darien Arts Center, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
Image 10 of 10

DARIEN — The magic of holiday tradition returned to town this weekend when the Darien Arts Center presented its “Scenes from the Nutcracker” ballet performance Saturday afternoon.

“It’s a great show to get everybody into the holiday spirit,” said Doreen Keever, who serves on the board of directors.

Dozens of kids and adults participated in four performances this weekend, with another four scheduled to take place next Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s a wonderful family event,” Keever said, “and a great way to introduce young audiences to dance and the magical story of the Nutcracker.”

Outbrain