Kids Culture 12.08.11

Nutcracker Ballet
    The Hampton Ballet Theatre School and the Conservatory of Ballet and Danse Arts will present Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic “The Nutcracker” this weekend at Guild Hall and the Southampton High School.

    At Guild Hall, the Hampton Ballet Theatre School production choreographed by Sara Jo Strickland, will be staged tomorrow at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

    Admission is $20, $15 for children under 12, and tickets are available in advance by e-mailing

    The Southampton production, choreographed by Megan Cancellieri and Betteanne Terrell, features two Conservatory of Ballet and Danse Arts sharing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy — Ciena Quinn, a Bridgehampton High School senior, and Sarah Talmage, a senior at East Hampton High School. Showtimes are tomorrow at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15, $10 for children 4 to 16 and grandparents.

Bread & Poetry
    Tomorrow evening, the Hayground School in Bridgehampton will play host to a family event, “Bread & Poetry: A Saggitarian Reading.” The evening, hosted by Hayground Forum, a community initiative, is the first in a series titled “Bread & . . . ”

    The poets Cheryl Boyce-Taylor and Kathy Engel will be on hand to share poetry, and participants will also have a chance to bake their own focaccia bread and shop with local vendors.

    The evening begins at 6 p.m. Hayground is located at 151 Mitchells Lane in Bridgehampton.

Lights, Camera . . . Camera?
    Sue Ellen O’Connor, a teacher at Springs School and an award-winner for the “Springs In Action” television show that she produced with students, has sent out a note that the film club at the school is in need of camcorders. The younger students use mini DV recorders to make movies for their film festivals, and there just aren’t enough to go around this year.

    With technology constantly changing, Ms. O’Connor is hoping that some families may have this sort of camcorder to donate. Two are needed. Those who are upgrading to the latest video camera and have no use for their old one can contact her at

Young Playwrights Performance
    Ten short plays written and performed by high school students from the East End and the Bronx will be presented at Stony Brook Southampton’s Avram Theater on Saturday at 7 p.m.

    The free event marks the end of the 2011 Young American Writers Project high school playwriting program, led by Emma Walton and Will Chandler, and will feature plays by students from Bridgehampton, Pierson, Southampton, Eastport-South Manor, the Ross School, Shelter Island, Westhampton Beach, and the Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies in the Bronx, written in collaboration with professionals.

    Professional actors will appear in the plays, which run the gamut from comedies to dramas, with the subject matter drawn from issues that are important to the students.

    The Avram Theater is in the Fine Arts Building on the campus of Stony Brook Southampton.

Snowy Adventure
    On Saturday, the Dolly Wagglers of Vermont will take their puppet show “The Mystery of Ice Mountain” to the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor. With rod puppets, live music, and intricate scenery, this is a tale of an expedition in a remote, snowy region that leads to mysterious encounters. It is good for all ages.

    Shows are at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets cost $10, $9 for grandparents, and $5 for children under 3. The theater is on East Union Street behind Christ Episcopal Church, and its Web site is