Rediscover the Magic of the Nutcracker

Throughout the Holidays there are many activities and performances that set a dreamlike tone. The ballet may be one of them, in particular, the Nutcracker. Every Christmas season ballet companies all over the country perform the Nutcracker, bringing back memories of Christmases past. The Nutcracker Ballet originated from E.T.A Hoffman’s story, “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” in the 19th century. Marius Petipa, a dancer from France, created the ballet choreography for the original performance of the Nutcracker in St. Petersburg, Russia. Interestingly, when this ballet debuted it wasn’t very popular. Today, the Nutcracker is considered one of the world’s most renowned ballets.

On December 10th– 11th the Columbus Ballet Company will perform the Nutcracker at the RiverCenter. Click here for ticket information. This is a fantastic opportunity to boost the warm fuzzy feeling that Christmas gives you. It’s also a perfect night out for the family, or you and a special loved one. Let yourself get swept away in the enchanting story of the Nutcracker. Preview the storyline with this brief summary:

The Stahlbaum’s are hosting a party on Christmas Eve. When Drosselmeyer arrives at the party, he gives Clara and Fitz gifts. Fitz immediately becomes jealous of Clara’s Nutcracker doll and breaks it. After Drosselmeyer repairs the doll, the night eventually comes to an end. Clara sneaks out of bed to cuddle with her Nutcracker doll under the Christmas tree and falls asleep. At midnight, the doll comes to life and has to defend Clara and himself in a battle against the Mouse King.

Luckily, the Nutcracker, his army of toy soldiers, and Clara won the battle against the Mouse King. The Nutcracker turns into a Prince and takes Clara to the Land of Snow, and then on to the Land of Sweets where they meet the Sugar Plum fairy. They tell the fairy of their victory against the Mouse King and she rewards them with a variety of captivating dances. At the end of the story, Clara wakes up underneath the Christmas tree with her Nutcracker doll.

Take some time out to delight in the holiday season this year.  For tickets and pricing information visit the RiverCenter.org. It’s only natural to be mesmerized by the beauty and grace of ballerina after you watch them perform. If you or your children are inspired to learn more about the art of ballet, visit ColumbusState.edu/Ballet for registration information.

-Kindra Hunter

“Prominent Russians: Marius Petipa.” Get Russianalized – Russiapedia. Web. 22 Nov. 2011. <http://russiapedia.rt.com/prominent-russians/opera-and-ballet/marius-petipa/&gt;.

“The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet.” Nutcracker Ballet – Performance Directory and Nutcracker Ballet Information from Ballet Buzz. Web. 22 Nov. 2011. <http://www.nutcrackerballet.net/html/nutcracker_story.html&gt;.

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