Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” on December 19 at George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall

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Professional Russian dancers leap and pirouette against nine hand-painted backdrops in a holiday ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score

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Expires Dec 19th, 2012. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting 10/17 for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption of voucher. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects ticket.com's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Nutcracker begins in a familiar setting that turns into a vivid fantasy land, just like that dream where you show up at work and they’ve put in some pretty nice new carpeting. Enter an imaginary realm with this GrouponLive deal to see the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Wednesday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose from the following seating options:

  • For $36, you get a grand-tier ticket package (up to a $56.50 total value), which includes:
     - One ticket for rear grand-tier seating (up to a $31.50 value, including all fees)
     - One Great Russian Nutcracker DVD (a $25 value)

  • For $54, you get an orchestra ticket package (up to a $118 total value), which includes:
     - One ticket for rear-orchestra seating (up to a $93 value, including all fees)
     - One Nutcracker General or Nutcracker Tsar figurine (a $25 value)

  • For $76, you get a VIP ticket package (up to a $180 total value), which includes:

    • One ticket for VIP front-orchestra seating (up to a $130 value, including all fees)
    • One Great Russian Nutcracker DVD (a $25 value)
    • One Nutcracker General or Nutcracker Tsar figurine (a $25 value)

The spirit of Tchaikovsky guides Moscow Ballet’s professional ballerinas as they leap and pirouette against nine hand-painted backgrounds that invigorate his spirited score in time for the holiday season. The Great Russian Nutcracker reintroduces audiences of all ages to young Masha, whose taste for adventure rivals her magical wooden doll’s legendary aversion to chestnuts. Dancers fling themselves across the stage in grand jetés as the curtain opens on Moscow’s iconic skyline, which gives way to a spooky dreamland as the Mouse King rears his fuzzy head to stir up mischief. Audiences gasp as legions of mice capture Masha’s strong-jawed companion and carry him away in front of a lavishly decorated Christmas tree that grows to a height of more than 60 feet and a population of more than 600 squirrels. Live orchestral accompaniment blares during the ensuing battle and ushers the action into the enchanted land of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the ballet's second act.

Russian designer Valentin Federov’s 3-D backdrops pay homage to the snowy forests of his homeland, and the puppets that dance alongside the ballerinas nod to the mysterious felt creatures that roam the foothills of Siberia. Moscow Ballet selects its soloists from Moscow’s finest crop of dancers, and up to 60 local children traditionally get the chance to twirl their little feet with the company in walk-on roles.


Reviews

The Nutcracker as performed by The Moscow Ballet is simply beautiful. The dancing is phenomenal. The costuming is rich and character-appropriate.

DeeElle, Ticketmaster, 12/24/11

The music was strong and captivating. The costumes were beautiful. The entire performance was amazing and breath taking.

Phelenwolf, Ticketmaster, 12/31/11
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