- One ticket to The Nutcracker, presented by the Tricia Sloan Dance Center
- Where: Scottish Rite Theatre
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Saturday, December 20, at 5 p.m.
- Sunday, December 21, at 5 p.m.
- $15 for the family circle (up to $26.50 value)
- $19 for the orchestra (up to $32.50 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
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.
Tricia Sloan Dance Center
Tricia may be the primary face of the Tricia Sloan Dance Center, but anyone who gets to know the company will also get to know the other Sloans—every member of the family is involved. The previous generation, Patti and Jim, opened the school as the Leonardo Dance Studio four decades ago. Their daughter Shannon handles accounts and assists with productions, and even youngest child Tim has a job when he's not dancing professionally and attending college classes: managing the "Nutcracker" box office and Tim's Drinks concession stand. As for Tricia, she's uniquely equipped to teach both good form and expressiveness on stage—she's also an actress who's appeared in The Stepford Wives and on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.