Fri., Dec. 7 at 7 pm; Sat., Dec. 8 at 1 pm & 7 pm, and Sun., Dec. 9 at 2 pm
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students sixteen and under, and $32 for a family (two adults with two children)
Tickets are available at the studio at 526 8th Street in Hoquiam, Harbor Drug, Tully’s, The Recipe Box, and at Rosevear’s Music in Aberdeen and at the door before the event.
Tchaikovsky’s seasonal classic features local talent and original choreography by Artistic Director Luis Mestas.
Told in five separate scenes, The Nutcracker Ballet is the story of a young German girl, Clara, a Christmas gift from her mysterious god father, Drosselmeyer, a Nutcracker Prince and an enchanted journey. Choreography unique to each scene includes some of the best known dancing and most beloved music in all of ballet.
The story opens as guests arrive for a Christmas Eve party at the Stahlbaum house. Drosselmeyer arrives with magical gifts, including a toy nutcracker for Clara. Her brother Fritz grabs the toy and breaks it in a fit of jealousy. Drosselmeyer repairs the Nutcracker with a handkerchief magically drawn from the air.
The party winds down, guests depart and the Stahlbaums retire for the evening. Clara tip-toes back to the Christmas tree to check on her nutcracker. She falls asleep cradling him in her arms. The clock strikes midnight and the room is invaded by an army of mice led by an evil Mouse King. The Nutcracker wakes and leads his army against the mice. The Mouse King corners the Nutcracker, who is saved when Clara throws her slipper at the rodent and kills him.
The Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome Prince (Cavalier). Together, he and Clara embark upon a magical journey to the Land of Snow where they are welcomed by dancing snowflakes. The Prince and Clara then travel to the Land of Sweets and meet the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy, who rewards their bravery in battle with a celebration of dances including the Spanish, Arabian, Russian, and Chinese Dances and the Waltz of the Flowers. The Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier dance a Pas De Deux as a finale.
Awakening from her dream, Clara finds herself back in her own home by her Christmas tree, with her beloved Nutcracker.