- $39.25 for two mezzanine tickets (up to $78.50 value)
- $43.75 for two orchestra tickets in sections 150, 350 or 550 (up to $87.50 value)
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Dates and Times
- Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
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 Marie receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking to the parlor to see the doll 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, Marie 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 exotic chocolates. The “Waltz of the Snowflakes” floats weightlessly above the angelic voices, 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 Russian Trepak—add to the phantasmagoric celebration before the whole dream ends, as all dreams must.
Since its founding in 1997, the Anchorage Ballet has attracted a lot of attention in the arts community—and not just with all the head-turning pirouettes. The company gives young dancers a chance to perfect their technique, perform alongside professional dancers, and bring their talents to the largely unmapped wilds of Canada. In Anchorage, the company performs seven or more ballets a year at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.