Ballet dancers spend an unusual amount of time on their toes, much like the coworker who creeps up behind your chair every day just to watch you for a while. Gaze at grace with this GrouponLive deal to see Evergreen City Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Auburn Performing Arts Center. For $16, you get one ticket for reserved seating in the mezzanine or balcony section (up to a $31 value, including all fees). Choose from the following performances:
- Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 9, at 1:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.
A yearly tradition for the young performers of Evergreen City Ballet, The Nutcracker tells the timeless story of little Clara and her enchanted Christmas present. After an exhausting family celebration, Clara drifts off to sleep beneath the Christmas tree, Nutcracker in arms, unaware that an army of rodents is waiting in the wings. But her toy leaps to life, and with the help of the rest of the Yuletide trimmings, the pair defeat the vile Rat King for good. The dashing, strong-jawed hero then takes his charge on a whirlwind tour of marvelous lands as Tchaikovsky’s score sweeps and blusters like a wintry wind, dropping in on a snowflakes’ ball and paying the Sugarplum Fairy a visit in her Land of Sweets. This production sets the stage with luminous scenery, including cascading snow, a bed that magically sails across the stage, and a big winter moon casting icy light across bare branches.