If you're looking for a holiday-themed stage production, consider seeing a live theatrical performance of The Nutcracker. It's a classic Christmas story that is based on "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," a book written back in 1816. In 1892, the original ballet based on this source material was released. While the production struggled in relative obscurity for many decades, the score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky eventually touched a chord. After almost a century, The Nutcracker became a perennial favorite that enjoys immense popularity during the holiday season. Originally, this was a dark and gruesome story that was a bit too violent for younger children to enjoy. Over the years, however, more family-friendly variations were created.
Visions of Sugar Plums Danced in Their Heads
This story follows the adventures of a young girl who gets a nutcracker for a gift on Christmas Eve. She loves the toy so much that she goes to get it from under the Christmas tree and falls asleep. As she begins to dream, she notices that all of her toys are alive, and she is a princess. In the stage production, a tree grows to be about 40 feet tall to make the girl look like she's the size of a mouse. The girl and her nutcracker go on adventures through the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets. They battle mice until they reach the Mouse King. He is a tough battle, but the girl and her prince are able to defeat him on their way to see the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Where can I buy The Nutcracker Phoenix tickets?
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Where can I see a performance of The Nutcracker in Phoenix?
The Nutcracker will be playing in Phoenix at the Orpheum Theatre, which is located on West Adams Street. This historic theater — it's the oldest in the city — may look small, but it can easily seat more than 1,300 guests.
Is this ballet appropriate for kids?
This is a production that people of all ages will enjoy. It is a family favorite that will introduce the youngsters to classical music and ballet. It has beautiful costumes and excellent dance sequences that will have most children in awe. Even though The Nutcracker was not originally designed to be seen by children, the story has since been altered to make it a family-friendly spectacle.
How long is a typical performance of The Nutcracker?
This performance of The Nutcracker has two acts and an intermission. Altogether, the entire performance should not be much longer than two hours. When factoring in the 15-minute intermission, you may want to plan at least two and a half hours to watch the entire show.
What are some of the most memorable musical selections in the ballet?
The Nutcracker is the most famous work by Tchaikovsky. At the time he composed the music, however, he did not feel that he matched the same level of quality he reached with previous ballets. Some of the selections that you are sure to recognize in this ballet include "Gifts," "The Battle," "Sugar Plum Fairy," "Waltz of the Snowflakes" and "Waltz of the Flowers." In total, there are 23 pieces of music in the ballet.
I love Tchaikovsky, what are some other ballets that have his music?
Tchaikovsky created music for just three ballets, but they have all become regarded as classics. His other ballets were Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. If you enjoy the music in The Nutcracker, these are the next logical ballet choices to see.Back to Top