- $20 for two tickets to see The Nutcracker In One Act presented by Bluegrass Youth Ballet (up to $40 value)
- Where: Singletary Center for the Arts – Concert Hall
- Seating: reserved
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
Dates and Times
- Friday, December 20, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, December 21, at 3 p.m.<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 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.
The dancers of the Bluegrass Youth Ballet twirl through Clara’s adventures and the Lands of Snow and Sweets in a single, family-friendly act. Part of their 10th-anniversary season, the shortened performance was created with younger audiences in mind, condensing the enchantment to capture the attention of a sometimes fidgety or distracted demographic.<p>
Bluegrass Youth Ballet
Adalhi Aranda Corn, founder of Bluegrass Youth Ballet, believes all young people, regardless of financial status or ethnicity, should be able to dance. To that end, the non-profit welcomes roughly 240 diverse students, ages 2 and older, through its doors each year, imparting instruction in modern dance and, especially, ballet. Students unable to afford these classes can participate in a work-study program, and a scholarship program is in the works to help ensure musical education is even more accessible. Bluegrass also strives to make performances more accessible for young audiences—condensing most until they clock in at an attention-span-friendly one act length.
Singletary Center for the Arts
From Hugh Laurie to Dru Hill to the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the performers who've taken the stage at the Otis A. Singletary Center have been as unpredictable as they've been distinguished. The creative focal point for students at the University of Kentucky, the Center is more than a performance venue—it's also a practice space, an art museum, and one of the few rooms with enough seats for a rabbit's family reunion.
Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall
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