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What You'll Get
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 deal.
- One ticket to see Evergreen Ballet’s The Nutcracker
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: 45 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
Dates and Times
- $13 for a performance at Lake Washington Performing Arts Center in Kirkland on Saturday, December 7 or Sunday, December 8 (up to a $27 value)
- $17 for a performance at Auburn Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 14 or Sunday, December 15 (up to a $34 value)
- $17 for a performance at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 20, Saturday, December 21, or Sunday, December 22 (up to a $34 value)<p>
The performance at Lake Washington Performing Arts Center in Kirkland is a one hour production catering to younger audience members.<p>
Upon arriving at the show, patrons will receive best available seating in the back right section of Lake Washington Performing Arts Center, in the mezzanine or balcony section of the Auburn Performing Arts Center, or in the back right section of the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center.<p>
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, regal fairy queens, and seasonally confused vampires. 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.<p>
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.<p>
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. May buy multiple. Valid only for option purchased. Valid only at venue of purchased show. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which we will provide to facilitate redemption of voucher. Must arrive together to sit together. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Evergreen City Ballet's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.