- $15 for one upper orchestra or balcony ticket (up to $28 value)
Dates and Times
- Friday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, December 5, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 6, at 2 p.m.
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.
Northeast Dance Center
The Northeast Dance Center (formerly the New England Civic Ballet) was formed for one simple reason: to give dancers the chance to perform. The organization casts all of its productions through open auditions and invitations, rather than maintaining a permanent company and asking if there's a soloist in the house immediately before a show. That sense of community extends to the ballet's dance school as well, where students of all ages are welcomed to continue to hone their craft. Their learning is put into practice during shows staged throughout the year, including a popular annual production of the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker.