The Nutcracker dazzles children’s eyes, but it also confirms their deep suspicion that toys come to life, even when no one is looking or poking them repeatedly with cattle prods. Feel the season’s electricity with this GrouponLive deal for tickets to see Ballet Nebraska's production of The Nutcracker at the Omaha Music Hall on Sunday, December 2, at 2 p.m. Doors open at noon. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $19, you get one G-Pass for seating in the main-floor back center, main-floor left or right, rear first balcony, or second balcony (up to a $38.70 value, including all fees).
- For $27, you get one G-Pass for seating in the main-floor center, loge, or front first balcony(up to a $55.50 value, including all fees).
Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
Based on a novel by the 19th century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure. Clara, the story's heroine, receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, Clara 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 monarch's head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate amid the dances of nimble snowflakes, and the regal Sugar Plum Fairy.
Tchaikovsky’s score features some of the most recognizable tunes in the repertoire, repurposed beyond the ballet world in works including Disney's Fantasia, which naturally chose to illustrate the music’s delicate beauty with dancing mushrooms and leaping radishes. Notable sections include the Waltz of the Snowflakes, which floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, and the second act's medley of exotic national dances, including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak. The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy's music-box-like theme springs from a celesta, a new instrument Tchaikovsky came across in Paris and hurriedly inserted into the score before his musical rivals could make use of its haunting, bell-like sound.
Ballet Nebraska artistic director Erika Overturff's interpretation of the holiday classic strongly emphasizes clear storytelling coupled with technical feats. Overturff guides audience members through a narrative that is given life by the ballet company’s 20 professional dancers and 155 youth and community performers. Altering traditional aspects of the show to make it more exciting and less predictable, Overturff's version changes the Rat King to a tough Queen,sets "Dance of the Reed Flutes" to a herd of lambs and a shepherdess, and sends Clara to the North Pole to meet a surprisingly nimble Santa Claus.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.
As the only professional dance company of its kind in the region, Ballet Nebraska takes its mission to entertain and educate seriously. The company performs seasons of classic works and new favorites, pirouetting through The Nutcracker and mixed-repertory programs at area theaters and on tour. But the ballet's greatest contribution to the community might be its education and outreach programs. The artists frequently perform at charity benefits, stage productions for students, and hold workshops on storytelling through movement at local libraries, where silent storytelling is a must.