Theater challenges audiences by blending the real and the imaginary, much like a neighbor who accuses you of giving her goiters with your brain. Enhance reality with this GrouponLive deal to see the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at The Wiltern on Friday, December 14, at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Choose from the following seating options:
For $35, you get a ticket package (up to an $99.40 total value) that includes: - One ticket for front-mezzanine seating (up to a $74.40 value, including fees) - The Great Russian Nutcracker performance DVD (a $25 value)
For $85, you get a ticket package (up to a $188.50 total value) that includes: - One ticket for Level 1 or 3 floor seating (up to a $138.50 value, including fees) - A nutcracker souvenir (a $25 value)
- The Great Russian Nutcracker performance DVD (a $25 value)
For $125, you get a ticket package (up to a $276 value) that includes: - One ticket for VIP Level 2 floor seating (up to a $276 value, including fees) - One admission to a preshow meet and greet at 3 p.m. (included in the value of the ticket)
The spirit of Tchaikovsky guides Moscow Ballet’s professional ballerinas as they leap and pirouette against nine hand-painted backgrounds that invigorate his spirited score in time for the holiday season. The Great Russian Nutcracker reintroduces audiences of all ages to young Masha, whose taste for adventure rivals her magical wooden doll’s legendary aversion to chestnuts. Dancers fling themselves across the stage in grand jetés as the curtain opens on Moscow’s iconic skyline, which gives way to a spooky dreamland as the Mouse King rears his fuzzy head to stir up mischief. Audiences gasp as legions of mice capture Masha’s strong-jawed companion and carry him away in front of a lavishly decorated Christmas tree that grows to a height of more than 60 feet and a population of more than 600 squirrels. Live orchestral accompaniment blares during the ensuing battle and ushers the action into the enchanted land of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the ballet's second act. Russian designer Valentin Fedorov’s 3-D backdrops pay homage to the snowy forests of his homeland, and the puppets that dance alongside the ballerinas nod to the mysterious felt creatures that roam the foothills of Siberia. Moscow Ballet selects its soloists from Moscow’s finest crop of dancers, and up to 60 local children traditionally get the chance to twirl their little feet with the company in walk-on roles.
On the outside, The Wiltern’s towering neon sign and grand marquee stand as a striking reminder of once-prevalent art-deco cinemas and theaters. On the inside, the theater is an artistic marvel: the ceilings of its hallways are coated in lush, floral murals that are illuminated by elegant chandeliers. The swirls of oranges and reds on the ceiling of the theater itself bring to mind the sights of autumn, and the angular, metallic installation its surrounds resembles the crown of the Statue of Liberty as it keeps a lookout for bald eagles in the audience.