Special Puppetry Presentation of The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, One of Two Holiday Shows at Dallas Children’s Theater.
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No holiday season is complete without Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’ unique and acclaimed puppet interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece returns to Dallas Children’s Theater November 29 – December 22, 2013.

In the spirit of laughter, wonder and great joy, Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’ Nutcracker is a sumptuous creation and a delicious holiday treat.  This Nutcracker utilizes Black Theatre, a form of puppetry originating in Europe in which puppets perform in a stream of light with the puppeteers rendered invisible through the use of black robes, hoods and gloves.  The Black Theatre rod puppets move without strings or any visible means of manipulation creating a dramatic, magical effect.

Director Kathy Burks says, “Since The Nutcracker is primarily known as a vehicle for ballet, many people expect to see puppet ballet dancers. They will not find them, but will, however, find a great deal of dancing and rhythmic movement performed by unique beings and inanimate objects, which come to life on-stage.

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The Nutcracker opens with an original prologue in which a gray-bearded Tchaikovsky puppet takes the stage to cleverly explain how he created the ballet.  Act I, related by a narrator and characters using dialogue and action, takes place during the Christmas Eve party at Clara’s home.  It includes the Nutcracker’s fight with the Mouse King and the Nutcracker’s transformation into a prince.  Act II focuses on Clara’s adventures with the Prince in the Kingdom of Sweets.  During this act, minimal dialogue is used and the music of the ballet suite is interpreted through the dance, movement, and action of puppets.  The fantastical sequence includes a French Poodle with Baryshnikov moves, absurd stackable soldiers, frenetic Russian dancers, and a “Chaplin-esque” Harlequin struggling against a mischievous ball.

This year, Tchaikovsky has a new hat designed by Kleberg Elementary 2nd grader Diego Hernandez, DCT’s Hats Off to 30 contest winner.

Opening Night Holiday Dreamland

Attend the show on Friday, November 29 and experience extra fun one hour prior to the show. Be one of the first in line this year to tell Santa your biggest wish for Christmas.  And Mrs. Claus invites you and a loved one to come snuggle up for storytime.  Enjoy holiday craft-making, face painting, free bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes and one free show poster per family.

The Merriment Continues November 30 & December 1

Spend time with Santa and Mrs. Claus at DCT!

And Even More Holiday Fun December 6, 7, 8, 14, 15

Attend a DCT holiday show on one of these dates and meet Mistletoe the Elf to request your very own balloon creation!

To purchase tickets, visit the Dallas Children’s Theater website at www.dct.org or call their box office at 214-740-0051.

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