Carolina Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"

Duke Energy Center: Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

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In a Nutshell

Magical rendition of The Nutcracker combines the original production’s classic music and dancing with illusions from a Vegas magician

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. G-Pass not redeemable with mobile app. Use for admission at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts on day of show. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Ticketmaster's current ticket prices - price may differ on day of event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. Merchant reserves the right to substitute closer seat assignment. For ADA accommodations, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $50 for one G-Pass to see Carolina Ballet presents The Nutcracker (up to $92 value)
  • When: December 26–29
  • Where: Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Seating: section C or H
  • Door time: one hour before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.
  • Click here to view the seating chart.

How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won't need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.

The Nutcracker

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.

At age 5, Carolina Ballet director Robert Weiss witnessed an enchanting production of The Nutcracker that inspired him to later pursue a two-decade career as a dancer with the New York City Ballet. Also fascinated with magic since he was a child, Weiss resolved to stage a reinterpretation of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet that combined the lush music and pageantry of the traditional production with the jaw-dropping effects of a Las Vegas illusionist. Teaming up with Vegas' Rick Thomas, Weiss re-creates The Nutcracker with reality-defying effects, including an early showstopper in which Drosselmeyer crushes his nephew in a cabinet, puts him in a bag, and draws him out, returned to full size. The revamped show has earned praise from such outlets as the News & Observer, which gushed about the "gasps after each eye-popping illusion, the applause for the handsome new sets, and rapt attention from all the children."

Carolina Ballet

Carolina Ballet has continuously awed audience members with classic pieces such as Carmen, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. Artistic director Robert Weiss helms the graceful outfit, often staging his own choreography. Symposium was particularly memorable for its use of “Serenade” by Leonard Bernstein and its finale, in which dancers leapt over lecture podiums.

Customer Reviews

Easy to get the tickets and we had great seats! Would definitely do it again.
Kirsten M. · May 19, 2017
The Carolina Ballet presentation of The Nutcracker was excellent! I enjoyed the beautiful sets and costumes as well as the dancing. It was a Christmas Eve pleasure to attend!
Deanna R. · May 4, 2017
Fantastic experience for all ages. Fantastic talent
Leslie H. · May 4, 2017

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