- World Ballet Inc. Presents The Nutcracker: A Diversity Celebration
- When: Saturday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday, December 8, at 2:30 p.m.
- Where: Lee Hall Auditorium
- Section: general admission
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $25 for two tickets (up to $50 value)
- $45 for four tickets (up to $100 value)
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn't reflect student, senior, or child discounts.
The Nutcracker: A Diversity Celebration
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, regal fairy queens, and seasonally confused vampires. 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.
Under the guidance of internationally acclaimed Artistic Director Henry Hernandez, World Ballet's dance corps transposes the classic tale to early 1900s Tallahassee. Set at the governor's mansion during a Christmas party, this reinterpretation of The Nutcracker recasts Clara and Fritz as the governor’s children, who help their father welcome foreign dignitaries to their home to celebrate the season. Hernandez's imaginative choreography, woven into Tchaikovsky’s evocative score, sends dancers flittering across the stage as sets designed by Christina Giannini recreate wonderlands such as the magical Kingdom of Snow. The dancers appear even more awe inspiring as they twirl in gorgeously designed costumes, including a unique Sugar Plum Fairy tutu purchased from the Royal Ballet of London.
Tallahassee's World Ballet
In August 2008, Tallahassee gained 6,000 square feet of dance space and a bunch of skilled dancers to fill it. Under the leadership of artistic director Henry Hernandez, the instructors of World Ballet help the next generation of dancers learn to leap, twirl, and avoid hurting gravity's feelings too badly. The performance arm of the organization brings to life classic ballets such as The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as contemporary creations set to rock music.