- $29 for one adult ticket for seating in section 5 or 6 (up to $45 value)
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- Saturday, November 28, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, November 28, at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, November 29, 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.
Peninsula Youth Ballet
The dancers range in age from 5 to adult—and they're serious about dancing. In fact, Peninsula Youth Ballet acts as a gateway into the wide world of professional ballet, introducing children to the company setting and expanding their skill set from day one. It's hardly a wonder then that the productions are so polished and mature. Much credit for this can be ascribed to Artistic Director Ayako Takahashi, who served as a principal dancer with the Tokyo City Ballet Company, the Matsuyama Ballet Company, and the Central Ballet Company in Beijing before joining the Peninsula Youth Ballet in 1986. With her unique teaching methods, students skip the standard recitals and learn how to dance where it counts: on stage in fully mounted productions such as Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and The Little Mermaid.