This year marks the 11th annual extravaganza, which promises to be a high flying celebration of holiday circus joy…sand between your toes, the sound of ocean waves, and flying trapeze artists soaring overhead, NECCA is bringing summer back to Vermont!

The New England Center for Circus Arts has presented their reimagining of The Nutcracker since 2009. This year’s production, in NECCA’s custom-built circus trapezium, offers another high-flying celebration of circus joy—this time with a dose of midwinter tropical delight! Join the Stahlbaum family as their children receive a gift that starts them on a journey to strange and fascinating lands, where crabs do trapeze and flamingos dance on an oceanscape far from their wintry holiday home. 


NECCA’s annual holiday production showcases more than 65 performers and brings together NECCA’s skilled youth performers, adults from the upper-level recreational programs, and international students from the school’s acclaimed professional training program. The mission of the Flying Nut is to support students through the educational process of putting a show together while strengthening the community of the school by combining the diverse cultures and perspectives that the students represent. 


Alongside flying trapeze, juggling, contortion, aerial silks, and more circus arts disciplines, a teeterboard act has been added this year (launching acrobats into the air). The result is a stunning acrobatic extravaganza featuring the future stars of circus!


Friday, December 20th – 7:30pm
Saturday, December 21st – 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 22nd – 1:00pm


NECCA Trapezium

10 Town Crier Dr.
Brattleboro, Vermont

Tickets on sale ; $10-$25


More information at www.necca.org

The New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) is a not-for-profit circus school based in nearby Brattleboro, VT. It was founded in 2007 to offer people of all ages and abilities a unique opportunity to experience the magical & captivating world of circus arts.

In NECCA’s welcoming, safe environment, recreational and professional students alike can explore the charms and challenges of circus arts and gain a solid foundation of techniques and skills across a broad spectrum of traditional circus forms as well as “new circus,” aerial dance and physical theater.

NECCA instructors come from a wide variety of backgrounds including social circus, dance, creative movement, and a wide variety of professional circuses. All students share the spaces at the school – rather than segregating students from various programs, they are encouraged to learn in a collaborative, supportive area where all have equal access.