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 to see Dayton Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the Schuster Center. Doors open one hour before showtime. Choose between the following options:
- For $50, you get two tickets for level B floor seats behind the orchestra and loge, marked in green on the seating chart (a $112 value).
- For $70, you get two tickets for level A seating, marked in blue on the seating chart (a $148 value).<p>
For both ticket options, choose from the following performances: * Friday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. * Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. * Sunday, December 11, at 1 p.m. * Sunday, December 11, at 4:30 p.m.<p>
Since 1937, Dayton Ballet has dazzled audiences with first-rate performances, including its annual family-friendly production of The Nutcracker. Under the guidance of artistic director Karen Russo, the troupe of pirouetting professionals teams up with more than 100 local children for what has become a holiday tradition for many Miami Valley residents. From level A or level B seats, theatergoers can turn their binoculars backward to witness young Clara as she shrinks under her family’s Christmas tree, slipping into an imaginative dreamscape populated by fantastical characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, an army of toy soldiers, and the Mouse King, who outrages his realm with tax exemptions for hamsters.
Serving as the magma-free core of the Schuster Center, the 2,300-seat theater envelops each performance in visual magic, as concentric circles of fiber-optic lighting outfit the domed ceiling with a scene reminiscent of the Dayton sky during various Santa Claus sightings. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and browse the wondrous holiday displays assembled behind the Rikes windows or to stop by the Ballet Boutique for Nutcracker-themed merchandise.