Despite your best intentions do shopping and the season’s festivities get in the way? Make this the year you take the kids to the ballet and catch one of Ballet Arizona’s nineteen performances of The Nutcracker at Symphony Hall. If the ballet is not your cup of tea, a pair of tickets would make a great early Christmas gift for those hard to buy for people on your list.
What: The Nutcracker
When: December 7 – 24, 2012; Afternoon and evening show times
Where: Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix 85004
Tickets: Available through Ticketmaster
Price: $30 – $170
*Run time is about two hours, including one intermission. It is recommended to arrive 45 minutes early to allow ample time for parking.
About the Nutcracker
On Christmas Eve in Germany, the von Stahlbaum family hosts their annual holiday party. Young Clara is given a nutcracker in the shape of a soldier from her godfather, Drosselmeyer, who is a toymaker and magician. Jealous of the gift, Clara’s brother tries to take it from her and accidentally breaks it. Drosselmeyer magically repairs the nutcracker and the party ends on a happy note with the children exhausted and going upstairs to bed.
Clara dreams that Drosselmeyer returns and transforms the house with his magical powers. The nutcracker comes to life as the general of a toy army and he goes to war with an army of mice who have grown to enormous size. Just as the Mouse King is about to overtake the Nutcracker, Clara throws her slipper at him and distracts him. The Nutcracker slays the Mouse King and is revealed to be a prince. To show his gratitude he gives Clara a crown and the Snow King and Queen send them on a magical journey through the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The Prince tells the Sugar Plum Fairy how he defeated the Mouse King with Clara’s help. To celebrate, the fairy makes them her honored guests at a celebration with music and dancing. Before the music fades, Clara awakes holding her nutcracker and happily reminisces about her adventures.
About Ballet Arizona
Ballet Arizona creates, performs, and teaches classical and contemporary ballet. They are the recipient of numerous statewide awards, including “Arts Organization of the Year.” Their Education and Outreach programs help foster an appreciation for ballet in thousands of youth each year. Since 2001 Ballet Arizona has presented “Nutcracker Angel Night” free of charge to disadvantaged children and families. To find out how you can support “Angel Night,” click HERE.