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.
- $32 for one ticket to see The Nutcracker presented by Missouri Ballet Theatre, including a preshow Sugar Plum Parade (up to a $65 value)
- Where: Edison Theatre
- Seating: best available
- Door time: 1:30 p.m. The Sugar Plum Parade begins at 12:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Dates and Showtimes
- Saturday, December 21, at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, December 22, 2 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.
Before each matinee, the Sugar Plum Parade waltzes through the lobby with a cavalcade of family activities. There, Clara's voice casts a spell over children as she reads from The Nutcracker storybook. Cast members also mingle with the crowd to offer autographs, photo opportunities, and insights into the Mouse King's defensive weaknesses. After a backstage tour, guests can help themselves to snacks and treats to fuel their brain for the main event.
Missouri Ballet Theatre
Since its founding in 2009, Missouri Ballet Theatre has tackled some of the most beloved compositions—from the A Midsummer Night's Dream to Cinderella. Its founder and artistic director, Adam Sage, has seen more than 20 years of stage performance on four continents, including stints with the Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet Philippines, and California Ballet. Today Sage uses his choreographic prowess and master-teacher status to expand the horizons of youth, leading classes and guiding youngsters onstage with professionals during yearly performances of The Nutcracker.