- One ticket to see Phoenix Ballet (formerly Ballet and Friends) presents The Nutcracker
- When: Friday, December 12, through Sunday, December 14
- Where: Orpheum Theatre
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees
- $24 for the balcony (up to $51.20 value)
- $29 for the main floor (up to $65 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn’t reflect youth discounts.
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.
Phoenix Ballet (formerly Ballet and Friends)
In 1982, international ballet star Slawomir Woźniak set out to change the cultural landscape of Phoenix. The former principal at Warsaw’s Teatr Wielki and National Opera, Woźniak works with local non-profit Phoenix Ballet (formerly Ballet and Friends) to elevate this art form for dancers and casual ballet fans alike. Along with his wife Irena, Woźniak operates Master Ballet Academy, a school for dance prodigies and professionals, which features world-renowned performers in their annual performance of The Nutcracker. From shows such as this, the non-profit program also raises money to support Toys for Tots, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and many other worthwhile organizations. They also provide an opportunity for thousands of children facing challenging circumstances to attend The Nutcracker.