- $10 to see Bluegrass Youth Ballet present The Nutcracker In One Act (up to $19.50 value)
- Where: Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall
- Seating: rows T–X
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart
- Friday, December 19, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, December 20, at 3 p.m.
The Nutcracker In One Act
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.
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.