It’s time to celebrate the season with Austin’s favorite holiday tradition, Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker,” presented by the Georgia B. Lucas Foundation Fund. The seasonal classic, featuring Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography, Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, and live accompaniment by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, offers 14 performances from Dec. 8-23 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Evening and matinee performances are available.
The longest-running production of “The Nutcracker” in the State of Texas, Ballet Austin’s interpretation of this world-famous ballet is now in its 55th year and is bigger and better than ever. The colorful cast of nearly 200 individuals features 47 dancers from Ballet Austin’s professional, apprentice and training companies and more than 147 student performers.
“Our most important holiday traditions are those that bring family and friends together to relive favorite memories and make new ones, and Ballet Austin’s production of the “The Nutcracker” is one of the traditions we hold dear,” said Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin’s Sarah and Ernest Butler Family Fund Artistic Director.
“The Nutcracker” draws audiences into the family home of a young Clara Silberhaus, who receives a nutcracker doll from her mysterious godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, during a frenetic holiday party. In her dreams later that night, Clara’s toy transforms into a Nutcracker Prince who helps her defeat a rascally army of rodents, led by the dreaded, three-headed Rat King. With victory assured, our heroine and her prince are transported to the delectable court of the Sugar Plum Fairy, where courtiers from many cultures dance to celebrate their accomplishments. As her dream dissipates, Clara is left to marvel at her wintry escapades and the doll that inspired them all.
For more information and tickets, please visit balletaustin.org.