- $18 for seating in balcony rows EE–MM (up to $25 value)
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Date and Times
- Saturday, December 12 at 12 p.m. or 4 p.m.
- Sunday, December 13 at 6 p.m.
- Saturday, December 19 at 12 p.m. or 4 p.m.
- Sunday, December 20 at 2 p.m.
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 from the Mouse King, 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.
Non-profit organization Brandywine Ballet operates on a series-based season, presenting fall, winter, and spring productions supplemented by various summer and festival engagements. A traditional season includes productions of full-length ballets such as The Nutcracker and Dracula, as well as works from current company repertoire. During the summer, both the Theatre and Company undertake various community engagements at such outdoor venues as Longwood Gardens’ Open Air Theatre and Media’s Rose Tree Park. Additional special engagements have included performances at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia and collaborations with the Kennett Square Symphony and the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra. The company is committed to affordable arts education & outreach, providing significantly discounted tickets to more than 1,500 students from as many as 20 different area schools each year, as well as several senior communities and underserved population groups.