The Nutcracker dazzles children’s eyes, but it also confirms their deep suspicion that toys come to life, even when no one is looking or poking them repeatedly with cattle prods. Feel the season’s electricity with this GrouponLive deal to see Nutcracker presented by Ballet Memphis at The Orpheum Theatre. Doors open one hour before each performance. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $23, you get one ticket for A-level orchestra seating (up to a $45.50 value, including all fees).
- For $37, you get one ticket for premium-orchestra seating (up to a $74.50 value, including all fees).<p>
For either option, choose from the following showtimes:
- Friday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, December 1, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m.<p>
Based on a novel by the 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffmann, Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure. Clara, the story’s heroine, receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, Clara 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 amid the dances of nimble snowflakes, the regal Sugar Plum Fairy, and seasonally confused vampires.
After performing in 2010 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in a production that captured the attention of the New York Times, Ballet Memphis descends on its hometown stage for its largest theater production, Nutcracker. The troupe dazzles audiences as 100 pirouetting dancers, a children’s chorus, and man-size bobblehead dolls glide across the stage during a magical rendition of the classic holiday children’s fantasy. ####The Music
Tchaikovsky’s score features some of the most recognizable tunes in music, repurposed beyond the ballet world in works including Disney’s Fantasia, which naturally chose to illustrate the music’s delicate beauty with dancing mushrooms and leaping radishes. Notable sections include the Waltz of the Snowflakes, which floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, and the second act’s medley of exotic national dances, including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak. The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’s music-box-like theme springs from a celesta, a new instrument Tchaikovsky came across in Paris and hurriedly inserted into the score before his musical rivals could make use of its haunting, bell-like sound.