With the exception of disputed pro-football coin tosses and extreme debate clubs, the stage remains the only venue where arguments are regularly settled with a sword fight. Behold a dramatic settling of differences with this GrouponLive deal for one G-Pass to see the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call. Choose from the following options:
For $40, you get a ticket package (up to a $72.80 total value) that includes:
- One G-Pass for middle-balcony seating (up to a $62.80 value, including all fees)
- CD of the Great Russian Nutcracker Soundtrack (a $10 value)<p>
For $57, you get a ticket package (up to $109.50 total value) that includes:
- One G-Pass for orchestra-level seating in rows P–CC (up to an $84.50 value, including all fees)
- A wooden, hand-painted nutcracker (a $25 value)<p>
For $72, you get a ticket package (up to a $140 total value) that includes: * One G-Pass for orchestra-level seating in rows A–O (up to a $105 value, including all fees) * A wooden, hand-painted nutcracker (a $25 value) * CD of the Great Russian Nutcracker Soundtrack (a $10 value)<p>
The spirit of Tchaikovsky guides Moscow Ballet’s professional ballerinas as they leap and pirouette against nine hand-painted backgrounds that invigorate his spirited score in time for the holiday season. The Great Russian Nutcracker reintroduces audiences of all ages to young Masha, whose taste for adventure rivals her magical wooden doll’s legendary aversion to chestnuts. Dancers fling themselves across the stage in grand jetés as the curtain opens on Moscow’s iconic skyline, which gives way to a spooky dreamland as the Mouse King rears his fuzzy head to stir up mischief. Audiences gasp as legions of mice capture Masha’s strong-jawed companion and carry him away in front of a lavishly decorated Christmas tree that grows to a height of more than 60 feet and a population of more than 600 squirrels. Live orchestral accompaniment blares during the ensuing battle and ushers the action into the enchanted land of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the ballet’s second act.
Russian designer Valentin Federov’s 3-D backdrops pay homage to the snowy forests of his homeland, and the puppets that dance alongside the ballerinas nod to the mysterious felt creatures that roam the foothills of Siberia. Moscow Ballet selects its soloists from Moscow’s finest crop of dancers, and up to 60 local children traditionally get the chance to twirl their little feet with the company in walk-on roles.
Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
Nearly a century ago, the Hippodrome opened as a combination movie palace and vaudeville theater, spending more than 70 years hosting big names such as Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra. Following a double-decade period of slow business and bad hairstyles, the Hippodrome closed down in 1990. Now, however, after an exhaustive restoration project that reanimated the theater’s chandelier-lit arches, the mural above the proscenium stage, and the grand-theater boxes that hearken back to opera’s heyday, the Hippodrome reopens to the delight of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.
_Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app._