The Nutcracker—which features one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular scores with songs like “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Trepak” and “Waltz of the Flowers”—has survived for over a century, making it one of the most widely performed ballets throughout the world. The timeless holiday tale follows young Clara on a dreamlike Christmas Eve. At the stroke of midnight, she finds herself in the midst of a battle between gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice, led by the fearsome Mouse King. A wooden nutcracker jumps in to defeat the king, transforms into a handsome prince and takes Clara to rule the Land of Sweets. The production will be presented by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, a company of 65 dancers on tour from the city of Ufa, and will follow the same authentic choreography performed by Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet. Performances begin at 3 p.m. with an extra performance on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for children and $25 for adults.
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