_The Nutcracker_ dazzles children’s eyes, but it also confirms their deep suspicion that toys come to life, even when no one is looking or poking them repeatedly with cattle prods. Feel the season’s electricity with this GrouponLive deal.
- Two or four tickets to see Ballet Long Island presents The Nutcracker or The Nutcracker in a Nutshell, which is a condensed 55-minute version of the show
- Where: Islip Town Hall West
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- The Nutcracker: Saturday, December 14, at 3 p.m. or 7 p.m., or Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m.
- The Nutcracker in a Nutshell: Saturday, December 14, at 1 p.m. or Sunday, December 15, at 1 p.m.
- $25 for basic admission for two to Nutcracker in a Nutshell (up to a $50 value)
- $45 for gold admission for two to The Nutcracker or Nutcracker in a Nutshell, which includes a meet-and-greet photo-op with The Sugar Plum Fairy (up to a $98 value)
- $69 for gold admission for four to The Nutcracker or Nutcracker in a Nutshell, which includes a meet-and-greet photo-op with The Sugar Plum Fairy (up to a $156 value)
- $75 for platinum admission for two to The Nutcracker or Nutcracker in a Nutshell, which includes a meet-and-greet photo-op with The Sugar Plum Fairy (up to a $176 value)<p>
Platinum admission is in the first five rows in the center of the auditorium, gold admission is in the 10 rows following that, and basic admission covers everything else.
Based on a novel by the 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure. Clara, the story’s heroine, receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, Clara suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a pitched battle between the toys and an army of mice. After saving the nutcracker with a well-thrown shoe to the Mouse King’s head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate amid the dances of nimble snowflakes, the regal Sugar Plum Fairy, and seasonally confused vampires.
Tchaikovsky’s score features some of the most recognizable tunes in the repertoire, repurposed beyond the ballet world in works including Disney’s Fantasia, which naturally chose to illustrate the music’s delicate beauty with dancing mushrooms and leaping radishes. Notable sections include the “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” which floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, and the second act’s medley of exotic national dances, including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak. The music-box-like theme of the “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” springs from a celesta, a new instrument Tchaikovsky came across in Paris and hurriedly inserted into the score before his musical rivals could make use of its haunting, bell-like sound.
Ballet Long Island
Ballet Long Island, a nonprofit professional ballet company that focuses on bringing affordable ballet performances to its community, has been doing just that since 1985. The consummate dancers, many of whom have studied in the organization’s training and education programs, unleash performances throughout the year across several stages, from Disney-themed shows such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty to original numbers.