- One ticket to see Ahwatukee Foothills Ballet presents The Nutcracker
- When: Friday, December 19, or Saturday, December 20
- Where: Desert Vista Fine Arts Theater
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees
- Saturday, December 20th 2 p.m. show features a special visit by Santa Claus and a post-show meet and greet and photo opportunity with the cast.
- $10 for the side balcony (up to $18 value)
- $14 for the middle balcony (up to $20 value)
- $15 for the side orchestra (up to $25 value)
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 and regal fairy queens. 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.
Ahwatukee Foothills Ballet
Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the Ahwatukee Foothills Ballet presents its yearly holiday performance with a cast of 125 local dancers, their ages ranging from 3 to 21. The production employs more than 400 costumes and headpieces, each personally designed for the show. Equal in elaborateness to the dancing is the staging, which includes a Christmas tree that rises through the theater’s roof, falling snow and angels dancing on clouds.