- Two tickets to see International Ballet presents The Nutcracker
- When: Saturday, December 14, at 8 p.m. or Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m.
- Where: The Peace Center
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $35 for rows R–X of the orchestra section or rows D–G of the founders circle (up to $81 value)
- $45 for rows A–Q of the orchestra section or rows A–C of the founders circles (up to $101 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
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.
Initially unpopular when it premiered in Russia, largely due to a decision to cast children alongside professional dancers, The Nutcracker languished for decades. Then, in the 1950s, the ballet’s status as a fixture of the holiday season began to grow as suddenly as Clara’s magic Christmas tree when renowned Russian-born American choreographer George Balanchine staged it for the New York City Ballet. International Ballet strives to incorporate the best of the Russian classical tradition, with elegant staging, breathtaking displays of balletic mastery by soloists and duos, and large-scale set pieces that fill the stage with luminous costumes.
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