Although it is illegal for pranksters to shout about nonexistent fires in a theater, shrieking after an encounter with an underseat gum wad is permissible. Shout about what’s on stage instead with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $15, you get one ticket to Evergreen City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker (up to a $31.75 value, including all ticket fees). Seating is first come, first served, and performances are held at the Auburn Performing Arts Center and at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. Choose from the following performance dates and times:
Auburn Performing Arts Center:
- Saturday, December 10, at 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 11, at 1:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 11, at 5:30 p.m.<p>
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center: * Friday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m. * Saturday, December 17, at 1:30 p.m. * Saturday, December 17, at 7:30 p.m. * Sunday, December 18, at 1:30 p.m.<p>
Seating is the best available, and seats are assigned by the box office.
Among the holidays’ most tutu-heavy traditions, The Nutcracker regales audiences with the timeless tale of young Clara and her wooden nutcracker, which comes to life to lead Clara down a path of excitement and whimsy. Family members of all ages can treat their peepers to the lavish costumes and set design as the Nutcracker skirmishes with a rodent army led by the conniving Rat King. The slippered pageantry continues as Clara’s strong-jawed hero whisks her off to a fantastical kingdom ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy, who derives power from a crown bejeweled with dried fruit. Evergreen City’s practiced pirouetters bring the fanciful plot to life with each leap and twirl, spinning one of the holidays’ only stories that doesn’t revolve around elves that age in reverse.
The 1,100-seat Auburn Performing Arts Center and 500-seat Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center each provides excellent acoustical conditions for absorbing The Nutcracker’s famous score. Audience members should dress sharply and for all seasons, as the ballet’s famous snow scene and Waltz of the Flowers necessitate extreme fluctuations on both venues’ thermostats.