Like an eccentric uncle, the holidays often sneak up on people and leave tinsel wherever they go. Deck the halls with today's GrouponLive deal: for $29, you get two main-floor tickets to see the Toledo Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Stranahan Theater on Saturday, December 10, at 7 p.m. (up to a $65.50 value online, including fees).
A company dedicated to the education of future dancers, the Toledo Ballet has performed classic masterpieces and original works for more than 72 years. In the company's 71st year, The Nutcracker ranks among the country's longest-running productions of the holiday favorite. As the Toledo Symphony Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky's beloved score and ignores the conductor’s attempts at swatting mosquitoes, Clara's enchanted Nutcracker Prince battles a nefarious Mouse King before whisking the dreamer away to the Sugar Plum Fairy's land. Festive staging includes an all-new Land of Sweets set, which, unlike Grandpa’s cigars, isn’t made out of chocolate.