Kids Culture 12.06.18

Nutcrackers and “Mixed Nuts”

The Hampton Ballet Theatre School will present Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” tomorrow through Sunday at Guild Hall. This year’s production, the school’s 10th, features nearly 80 student dancers and three professional guest artists. 

It is, as ever, directed by the school’s founder, Sara Jo Strickland, with costumes by Yuka Silvera and lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski. Featured student dancers are Jillian Hear and Holiday Bovio as the Arabian Princess, Beatrice DeGroot and Samantha Prince as the Dew Drop Princess, Lauren Gabbard and Sedona Silvera as the Snow Queen opposite Hudson Galardi-Troy, and Devon Friedman as the Sugar Plum Fairy. The professionals joining the students are Nick Peregrino, Josep Maria Monreal, and James Stevko.

Show times are tomorrow at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 to $45 in advance at or 888-933-4287, $20 to $50 at the door. 

Looking ahead to next weekend, the young dancers of Studio Three in Bridgehampton will present their holiday show “Mixed Nuts” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. A combination each year of “The Nutcracker” and a different story, this year’s production introduces “The Wizard of Oz” into the Christmas classic, with Clara transformed into Dorothy, and Toto, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion all making appearances. Show times are Friday, Dec. 14, and Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $25. 


Creative “Spectacular”

Creative Edge Studio, which offers classes to young dancers 2 and older from Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Wainscott, will perform its “Holiday Spectacular” on Saturday at noon at East Hampton High School. Tickets cost $10 and will be sold at the door starting at 11 on the day of the performance.


More Spectacular

Another holiday spectacular, this one a party hosted by Camp SoulGrow at its downtown Montauk studio, will take place on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Santa will pay a visit, and there will be games, crafts, cookie decorating, dancing, karaoke, hot cocoa, and treats. The Clamshell Foundation is the co-host of the affair, which is free for kids 7 and older. Advance sign-up by emailing would be appreciated.


Gingerbread, Gingerbread

If you like gingerbread, you’ve come to the right month. Again this week, there are lots of chances to decorate gingerbread houses and cookies. 

High school students can compete against one another in a decorating contest today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the East Hampton Library.

As of Tuesday, space was still available in a Saturday gingerbread house workshop at Guild Hall with professionals from Citarella offering tips. The fun starts at 11:30 a.m., and the cost is $25, $20 for Guild Hall members. 

The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton has invited families to decorate gingerbread cookies on Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the Salty Canvas and Springs Tavern will team up for a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $45 and includes a preassembled house, ready to decorate, all the trimmings, and a cup of cocoa. Tax and gratuity are not included. Sign-up is at

Finally, families will build their own houses and decorate them together in a workshop on Friday, Dec. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Montauk Library.

Advance sign-up is required for all of these popular programs. 


Also at the Libraries

This week at the East Hampton Library, kids can make dolls and lip balm and take in a screening of a holiday favorite. First up is snowstorm-in-a-jar project for ages 8 to 11 tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, the library will introduce ages 4 and up to the meanings behind Hopi kachina dolls and lead them as they make their own. The workshop starts at 5 p.m.

Kids 5 and older can make lip balm to use themselves or give as a gift on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Next Thursday, “The Polar Express” will be shown at 4 p.m., and on Friday, Dec. 14, Olivia the pig will take center stage in a story and craft time for ages 3 and up at 3:30 p.m.

Kids in sixth grade and above will have a chance this week and next at the Hampton Library to make a gift for someone special (or themselves) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on weekdays. This week’s project is T-shirt design; next week it’s sugar body scrubs. 

At the Montauk Library, the Art Nanny will be on duty for two polar bear watercolor workshops on Saturday. From 1:30 to 2:30, she’ll work with ages 2 to 5 and an adult; from 3 to 4, she’ll guide children in kindergarten and above as they make and frame their own painting. 

Advance registration has been requested for all programs.