The Nutcracker captures all that the holidays imbue: landscapes covered in snow, songs with cheery melodies, and encounters with maniacal despots who want to steal your toys. Celebrate a relatable story with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $12, you get one ticket for orchestra-front seating to see the Charlotte Youth Ballet perform The Nutcracker at the Dale F. Halton Theater (a $25 value). Choose between the following showtimes:
- Friday, December 2, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, December 3, at 5:30 p.m.<p>
Under the artistic direction of Gay Porter, the Charlotte Youth Ballet’s professional and student dancers regale audiences with performances of Tchaikovsky’s fantastical children’s Christmas tale with international guest artists. While enjoying primo orchestra-front seats and admiring the adornment of the 19th-century-style opera house, audiences can turn their binoculars backward to witness young Clara as she shrinks under her family’s Christmas tree, slipping into an imaginative dreamscape. As her toy nutcracker comes to life and escorts her through a Yuletide wonderland, the troupe’s performers traverse the stage with nimble footwork. Toward the end of the first act, an elaborate battle unfolds between the Nutcracker Prince’s army of toy soldiers and the sinister Mouse King, who outrages his realm with tax exemptions for hamsters. Soon after, Clara and the prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets. Then, as a finale, spectators are treated to a pas de deux, the French term for a foot-to-foot high-five.
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