"The Nutcracker" at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, December 13 (Up to 50% Off)

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In a Nutshell

Family-friendly holiday ballet regales audiences with the timeless tale of a young girl and her wooden nutcracker

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Promotional value expires Dec 13, 2013. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting 12/13 for a ticket at venue will call. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Diana Wortham Theatre. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects Asheville Ballet's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes 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

  • One ticket to The Nutcracker, presented by Asheville Ballet
  • When: Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Diana Wortham Theatre
  • Door time: 7 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.<p>

Seating Options

  • $25 for for raised mezzanine seating behind the front orchestra (up to $50 value)
  • $17.50 for front orchestra (up to $35 value)
  • $12.50 for orchestra sides or balcony (up to $25 value)
  • Click here to view the seating chart.<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.

Asheville Ballet’s director Ann Dunn learned to stage the The Nutcracker from her mentor, George Balanchine, the man arguably responsible for the ballet’s beloved status. Initially unpopular when it premiered in Russia, The Nutcracker languished for decades with a reputation as one of Tchaikovsky’s lesser works—until Balanchine, a renowned American choreographer, staged it for the New York Ballet 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 thanks to Balanchine’s breathtaking choreography and luminous costumes. Dunn’s rendition for the Asheville ballet shows the same appreciation for magic and movement that so defined her teacher’s iconic staging.<p>

Asheville Ballet

It takes a lot of pirouettes to fill a half-century. And since 1963, Asheville Ballet has staged seasons full of fluid choreography, dazzling costumes, and French vocabulary. As the area’s only professional adult resident company—and one of western North Carolina’s oldest non-profit organizations—the ballet has become a creative pillar of the community. An average of 23,000 audience members flock to see their productions each year, marveling at masterworks such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Swan Lake. In addition to their classical credentials, the company also gracefully tackles contemporary, full-length pieces featuring multi-media elements.

Asheville Ballet

It takes a lot of pirouettes to fill a half-century. And since 1963, Asheville Ballet has staged seasons full of fluid choreography, dazzling costumes, and French vocabulary. As the area's only professional adult resident company—and one of western North Carolina's oldest non-profit organizations—the ballet has become a creative pillar of the community. An average of 23,000 audience members flock to see their productions each year, marveling at masterworks such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Swan Lake. In addition to their classical credentials, the company also gracefully tackles contemporary, full-length pieces featuring multi-media elements.

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    Diana Wortham Theatre

    2 South Pack Sq.

    Asheville, NC 28801

    +18282574530

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