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Kids Culture 11.28.19

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 12:35

“The Nutcracker” Is Coming

You know it’s the holiday season when tickets go on sale for the Hampton Ballet Theatre School’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” at Guild Hall. And so they have.

The school’s dancers have been hard at work all fall preparing for the production, which will be staged on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 at 1 and 7 p.m., and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 to $45 in advance, $25 to $50 the day of the show, but be warned: Seats for this popular production have been known to sell out in advance.

This is the 11th year that the school has put on “The Nutcracker.” Sara Jo Strickland, the school’s director, is once again the choreographer, while Yuka Silvera has designed and sewn the costumes, and Sebastian Paczynski is responsible for lighting design.

This year the role of the Arabian Princess will be shared by Corinna Castillo and Ana Kastrati, who will be paired with the professional guest artists Nick Peregrino and Hector Cerna. Sedona Silver and Marrina Jacka will share the role of the Dew Drop Princess, partnered with Josep Maria Monreal and Mr. Peregrino. Samantha Grabb and Holiday Bovio are to dance the part of the Snow Queen, and Devon Friedman and Samantha Prince will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy with the guest artists James Stevko and Mr. Peregrino dancing as Cavalier.

Tickets can be reserved at 888-933-4287 or online at


Puppets at Bay Street

The Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre will welcome the puppet company Alex and Olmsted at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday for a performance of “Milo the Magnificent,” about an aspiring magician whose tricks sometimes don’t quite pan out.

Alex and Olmsted, made up of Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas, is a resident company at the Baltimore Theatre Project. Saturday’s show starts at 11 a.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at or $18 at the door.


Angelina, P.J.s, Reptiles

Katharine Holabird, of the “Angelina Ballerina” and “Twinkle” series of books, will be at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton tomorrow at 10 a.m. to bring her stories to life with the aid of a young dancer. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and signing. The cost is $15, but members get in free.

Tomorrow night, families have been invited to wear their P.J.s for the museum’s Pajama Jammie Jam from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be pizza and dancing. This one, too, costs $15, or $5 for members.

On Saturday, Edventure Erik will stop by from 1 to 2 p.m. with a reptile- rescue-awareness program featuring live reptiles and amphibians. Admission is $10, which does not include entry to the museum. Members pay $7.

A Pizza and Pajama Night on Friday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 to 7 will include a reading from “Winnie the Pooh” and a sweet honey and fruit pizza for dessert. The free program is for museum members only.

Advance registration has been suggested for all programs.


Future Babysitters, Take Note

Kids in sixth through eighth grade who are looking forward to future babysitting jobs may want to consider blocking off time on Saturday for a Getting Ready to Baby-Sit course at the East Hampton Library. It runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and covers many of the skills required to be a responsible babysitter.

Also on Saturday, high school students have been invited to take some Thanksgiving leftovers to share at a potluck lunch in the young-adult room from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Elf cupcake decorating is on the agenda on Tuesday afternoon at 4 for ages 4 and up. Felt bookmarks will be the craft on Wednesday at 4 for grades six through eight. Next Thursday, there’s a mobile workshop for kids 3 and older, also at 4. High school students can earn community service credits starting at 5 that day for helping to decorate the tree in the young-adult room. 


Gift Ideas

Children in grades six and up can stop by the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton starting on Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to learn how to make their own bath bombs for holiday gifts, while supplies last. Next Thursday kids 8 through 12 will turn old wine corks into pirate ships in a workshop at 4 p.m.

On Friday, Dec. 6, there’s another opportunity to make what could be a great holiday gift: a snowman built of jars filled with the ingredients for hot cocoa. Registration ahead of time is required.


Kid Flicks

On Saturday the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will screen shorts from the New York International Children’s Film Festival. A program for ages 3 to 7 starts at 1 p.m. It includes live-action and animated shorts. At 2 p.m., there will be a program of Spanish-language live-action, animated, and documentary films for kids 7 and up, with English subtitles. Both are free with museum admission.


Gingerbread at Guild Hall

Registration is underway for a Dec. 7 gingerbread house decorating workshop at Guild Hall for kids 5 to 12. Experts from Citarella will oversee the confectionary constructions starting at 11:30 a.m. The cost to participate is $20, or $15 for members of Guild Hall. Space is limited, and advance sign-up is essential at

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