$49 for Manassas Ballet Theatre Presents "The Nutcracker" for Two at Hylton Performing Arts Center (Up to $119.50 Value)

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Classic holiday ballet about a journey through an enchanted wonderland performed by a cast of over 75 and a live, 45-piece orchestra

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Expiration varies. Limit 2 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem on day of show for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Hylton Performing Arts Center. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption of voucher. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects Manassas Ballet Theatre's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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 to see Manassas Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker at Merchant Hall at Hylton Performing Arts Center. For $49, you get two tickets for general admission to the orchestra section (up to a $119.50 value, including all fees). Choose from the following shows:

  • Friday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 15, at 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 22, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 23, at 3 p.m.

Doors open 30 minutes before each showtime. Friday’s opening-night performance also includes a special Salute to the Military, featuring the orchestra's performance of the national anthem as well as service anthems in honor of WWII veteran John Gregory and other veterans. WWII veterans and active-duty and active-reserve personnel with ID receive complimentary tickets; their guests receive 20% off.

The Plot

Based on a novel by the 19th-century romantic fabulist E. T. A. Hoffmann, 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 and the regal Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Music 

Tchaikovsky’s score features some of the most recognizable tunes in music, 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 Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy's music-box-like theme 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. Each of these movements come to fruition via the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra's live, 45-piece ensemble, whose soaring strings, strident brass, and fluttering woodwinds fill the theater with acoustic warmth.

Hylton Performing Arts Center

When visitors enter the two-story lobby of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, their eyes dart from the purple carpeting to the stately pillars—all accented by light streaming in from the windowed exterior. Inside the 85,000-square-foot events center, ballet performances unfold in the dramatically modern hall, toes tap along with cabaret shows in the intimate theater space, and exhibits by local artists and dexterous stagehands open windows to other worlds in the 2nd-floor art gallery.

Manassas Ballet Theatre

Manassas Ballet Theatre is like a cerberus, with three heads each working together to spread the love of dance. The most prominent head is the ballet company itself: 24 dancers who put on four series of public performances annually at the Hylton Performing Arts Center's dramatically modern hall. Then there's the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra, which provides live accompaniment to each of these performances. Last is the Manassas Ballet Academy, which uses the Vaganova methodology to teach college-bound students and future pro dancers to express themselves via movement instead of snappy catch phrases.

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    Hylton Performing Arts Center

    10960 George Mason Cir.

    Manassas, Virginia 20110

    703-993-7759

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