Christmas music embodies the spirit of the season, much like the National Anthem evokes Independence Day and the ambient compositions of Philip Glass reflect the existential angst of Valentine’s Day. Treat ears to classical Yuletide tunes with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $14, you get one ticket to see The Nutcracker, presented by the International Ballet Company at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts (a $28.62 value including tax). Each ticket is valid for balcony seating. Choose between the following dates:
- Saturday, December 10, at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m.<p>
More than 130 cast members pirouette across a wintry stage to recreate the classic, fantastical children’s ballet tale that has drawn sold-out crowds for the last 12 years to the Coral Springs Arts Center. From enclosed balcony seats inside the 1,471-seat theater, audiences follow Clara, a young girl who shrinks into a dreamscape beneath her family’s tree on Christmas Eve. The enchanting score by Tchaikovsky whisks ears through flakes that flutter and zambonis that drive Clara and the Nutcracker Prince across the Land of Snow. Eyes chase the elaborate choreography as dancers leap over the stage during famed scenes such as the battle between the toy soldiers and evil Mouse King. When the Sugar Plum Fairy escorts Clara and her prince through her own kingdom in the second act, hearts will swoon and tongues will mimic doormats before the pixie monarch’s sugar-encrusted slippers.
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
Who says thespians and jocks can't coexist? Coral Springs Center for the Arts was once an old gym, after all—and following a 1996 renovation that saw the installation of a 1,471-seat theatre and the removal of all the abandoned bodybuilder nests, the venue became the culturally rich institution it is today. Now approximately 200,000 patrons migrate to its riverside confines annually for Broadway shows and performances by comedians, jazz luminaries, and pop stars. However, that theater isn't the only venue on the premises. On the third floor, an 80-seat cabaret-style Black Box Studio draws audiences into a more intimate, personal style of performance—and VIP packages grant access to the closest of the really close seats. Right below that studio is the Center's Coral Springs Museum of Arts, which showcases both a permanent collection of visual arts and traveling exhibits.