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 tickets to see The Nutcracker
- When: Friday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. or Saturday, December 14, at 2 p.m.
- Where: Von Braun Center Concert Hall
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $28 for upper-balcony seating (up to a $55 value)
- $30 for lower-balcony seating (up to a $59 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
Based on a novel by 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure around one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire. It begins when young Clara receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, she 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. Throughout their adventures, Tchaikovsky’s dazzling inventiveness propels the dances of nimble flowers, regal fairy queens, and seasonally confused vampires. The “Waltz of the Snowflakes” floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, whereas the “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” tiptoes to the haunting, music-box chimes of a celesta. A medley of exotic national dances—including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak—add to the phantasmagoric celebration before the whole dream ends, as all dreams must.
Accompanied by the dulcet strains of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Huntsville Ballet Company’s dancers bring the classic tale to life. Original choreography by company artistic director Phillip Otto takes advantage of the ballet school’s students, filling the stage with perfidious rats, valorous toy soldiers, and ethereal fairies.<p>
Huntsville Ballet Company
Huntsville Ballet Company is as dedicated to enriching the local arts community as it is to entertaining the audience. That’s why the staff opened their ballet school, which gives students the chance to perform alongside professional dancers and the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. When their own soloists aren’t pirouetting through The Firebird or anthropomorphizing sugarplums in The Nutcracker, the company welcomes visitors such as Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and the New York City Ballet.<p>