Syracuse City Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater

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Beloved holiday ballet pairs Tchaikovsky's classic score with a tale of magical toys, ferocious mice, and dancing fairies

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  • One ticket to see Syracuse City Ballet presents The Nutcracker
  • Where: The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
  • Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
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  • $19 for rear-orchestra seating (up to $38.95 value)
  • $25 for mid-orchestra seating (up to $49.25 value)<p>

The Nutcracker

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.

Initially unpopular when it premiered in Russia, The Nutcracker languished for decades with a reputation as one of Tchaikovsky’s lesser works. Then, in the 1950s, the ballet’s status as a fixture of the holiday season began to grow as suddenly as Clara’s magic Christmas tree when renowned American choreographer George Balanchine staged it for the New York Ballet. Balanchine’s elegant staging remains the most popular, alternating between breathtaking displays of balletic mastery by soloists and duos and large-scale set pieces that fill the stage with luminous costumes.

Syracuse City Ballet

Headed by Juilliard-trained dancer and former Princeton Ballet Society of New Jersey soloist Kathleen Rathbun, Syracuse City Ballet enriches the cultural soil of central New York with professional ballet performances and top-flight training. During each season, the company stages stalwarts of the classical repertoire. Students might don their slippers to animate Cinderella or Swan Lake, but a yearly Nutcracker production rings in the holiday season regardless.<p>

Syracuse City Ballet

Headed by Juilliard-trained dancer and former Princeton Ballet Society of New Jersey soloist Kathleen Rathbun, Syracuse City Ballet enriches the cultural soil of central New York with professional ballet performances and top-flight training. During each season, the company stages stalwarts of the classical repertoire. Students might don their slippers to animate Cinderella or Swan Lake, but a yearly Nutcracker production rings in the holiday season regardless.

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