Many theatergoers claim that life imitates art, which can be frustrating when they pause arguments for intermissions or direct drivers to turn “stage left” at stop signs. Learn to navigate the theatrical world with today’s Groupon to see the opening-night gala of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, December, 3 at Olympia Theater inside Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. Choose between the following options:
- For $26, you get a balcony-level ticket for the Saturday, December, 3 performance at 7:30 p.m. (a $52 value).
- For $33, you get a mezzanine-level ticket for the Saturday, December, 3 performance at 7:30 p.m. (a $72 value).<p>
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s cadre of international award-winning dancers ushers in the holiday season with a classic rendition of The Nutcracker. Helmed by artistic director Vladimir Issaev, this production eschews the tale’s more common incarnations with a return to the original Russian choreography style, as characters pirouette to Tchaikovsky’s immortal score. Adept danseur Jun Tanabe and danseuse Kaori Fukui step into the slippers of The Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy, and other performers dance as Clara, soldiers, mice, and seasonally-confused vampires. Dancers twirl across the proscenium stage in costumes purchased from St. Petersburg’s historic Kirov Ballet or crafted by area designer Jorge Gallardo. To further fan the piece’s holiday spirit, special effects such as heavy snow flutters onto the stage, and an 18-foot Christmas tree bedecked in 500 lights grows to a towering height during the party scene, much like a couple’s affection after an alien invasion.
Eyes thrill at Olympia Theater’s opulent interior architecture, originally designed in 1926 by architect John Eberson to display silent films and Victorian-era action flicks. On the way to their seats, patrons pass by ornate archways and classical statues and sit alongside columns wrapped with sculpted vines.
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