The State Theatre presents "The Nutcracker" at State Theatre on December 21 or 22 (Up to 47% Off)

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Ballerinas traipse into a wintry dreamscape with elaborate dances, backed by a live orchestral performance of Tchaikovsky's score

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Expiration varies. Limit 10/person. Venue assigns seat location. No upgrades. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting 90 mins prior to show for a ticket at the State Theatre. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at will call. Doors open 1 hr before showtime. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase under same Groupon account to sit together. Stairs required to access all offered sections. Patrons with disabilities must contact State Theatre prior to purchasing. Discount reflects the State Theatre's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of event. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The State Theatre presents "The Nutcracker" - State Theatre: The State Theatre presents "The Nutcracker" at State Theatre on December 21 or 22 (Up to 47% Off)

The Deal

  • $24 for one ticket to see The State Theatre presents The Nutcracker (up to $45 value)
  • Where: State Theatre
  • Seating: upper balcony or gallery section
  • Door time: one hour before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.
  • Click here to view the seating chart.
  • Click here to view all showtimes.

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 rats. 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 Kingdom of Sweets to celebrate. Throughout their adventures, Tchaikovsky's dazzling inventiveness propels the dances of nimble flowers, and regal fairy queens. The dancing snowflakes float 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.

The American Repertory Ballet brings this classic to life with a live orchestral performance of Tchaikovsky's score and choreography by their artistic director, Douglas Martin. In addition to the powerful performances by the company's principals, dozens of supporting dancers from the Princeton Ballet School fill out the cast, bringing the show's battles and magical dances to vivid life.

Theatergoers can also attend a free pre-show Insights lecture, held one hour before each performance at the United Methodist Church, 323 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901. American Repertory Ballet’s Mary Pat Robertson shares history and knowledge about the performance.

State Theatre

The State Theatre was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s when disco balls replaced light fixtures. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.

State Theatre

The State Theatre was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.

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    State Theatre

    15 Livingston Ave.

    New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    +17322467469

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