- $10 for one ticket to see The Nutcracker (up to a $19.62 value)
- Where: Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Friday, December 6, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, December 7, at 7 p.m.
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.
Ensemble Ballet Theatre
Ensemble Ballet Theatre's first production had only 9 dancers. Now there are 52, making for 83% more spectacle in each of the company's annual spring and winter shows. Every year, the ensemble makes the holiday season sparkle with Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, and every spring the artistic director chooses a different work from the classic ballet repertoire.