Though now commonplace, acting was condemned in colonial times as “public lying,” with offenders being yanked off the streets with novelty-sized shepherd’s crooks. Embrace vaudevillainy with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $35, you get one mini season pass to the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, which performs at the River Center Theatre of Performing Arts (a $71 value). This Groupon is valid for orchestra seating in rows S–Y and includes admission to the following two performances:
- The Nutcracker, A Tale from the Bayou on Sunday, December 18, at 6 p.m.
- From This Pointe On… on Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Since 1960, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre has dazzled theatergoers with colorful dance series and performances amplified by guest artists. The annual production of The Nutcracker, A Tale from the Bayou triumphantly announces the arrival of the holiday season, mesmerizing viewers of all ages with a unique interpretation of the classic tale. Backed by the whimsical measures and dramatic journal readings of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, The Nutcracker resurrects 19th-century Louisiana by spotlighting local landmarks amid the choreographed twirling of classical and modern dances. Meanwhile, From This Pointe On… ushers in springtime by extracting scenes from Swan Lake and fusing the historic ballet with modern adaptations such as contemporary dance and sets constructed from two-way pagers.
Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre
For more than fifty years, the acclaimed Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre has brought classical and contemporary dance to the delta. Each season includes productions from their local company and traveling troupes, ensuring an artistically eclectic mix of shows that might see Cinderella hosted alongside a modern premiere. An annual staging of The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou puts a local spin on a holiday favorite by transporting the timeless fairy tale to 19th century Louisiana, an era when the state was known for its large population of wooden soldiers.
275 S River Rd.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802