"The Nutcracker"


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In a Nutshell

Ballet company joins with symphony to stage Tchaikovsky's classic holiday tale of sentient nutcrackers, evil rats, and benevolent fairies

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 3 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem Groupon for a ticket at box office by 12/9/13. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Von Braun Center Concert Hall. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Huntsville Ballet Company's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30mins before showtime. 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.

The Deal

  • Two tickets to see The Nutcracker
  • When: Friday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. or Saturday, December 14, at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Von Braun Center Concert Hall
  • Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.

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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, 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.

Accompanied by the dulcet strains of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Huntsville Ballet Company’s dancers bring the classic tale to life. Original choreography by company artistic director Phillip Otto takes advantage of the ballet school’s students, filling the stage with perfidious rats, valorous toy soldiers, and ethereal fairies.<p>

Huntsville Ballet Company

Huntsville Ballet Company is as dedicated to enriching the local arts community as it is to entertaining the audience. That’s why the staff opened their ballet school, which gives students the chance to perform alongside professional dancers and the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. When their own soloists aren’t pirouetting through The Firebird or anthropomorphizing sugarplums in The Nutcracker, the company welcomes visitors such as Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and the New York City Ballet.<p>

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