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American Repertory Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
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.
But not all Nutcrackers are created equal, and American Repertory Ballet’s version comes with its own celebration. Company founder Audrée Estey created a lively party scene that’s unique to ARB’s annual production—a joyous affair that perfectly sets the stage for the festive journey into the Land of Sweets. It’s not the production’s only unique feature, either: designer Carl Sprague’s growing Christmas tree ascends toward the ceiling like a very slow-moving rocket, and Gina Ricci’s costumes—most notably a giant Nutcracker mask—create the illusion of having walked into a dream.