Tuesday, July 24, 2012

It's Christmas in July!

For some people, The Nutcracker is a yearly tradition. For others, it’s an occasional escape back to childhood. For all, The Nutcracker is a timeless classic that keeps people wanting more.

For those who aren’t familiar with The Nutcracker, here’s a little bit of history.  The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet that was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and includes the famous score by Pyotr Llyich Tchaikovsky. It premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on December 18, 1892 on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. The ballet itself is an adaptation of E.T.A Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by Alexandre Dumas called The Tale of the Nutcracker. The plot had to be greatly simplified and some parts, including a flashback that explains how the Prince was turned into the Nutcracker, had to be cut from the ballet.

The story takes place on Christmas Eve at the home of the Silberhaus family.  (With different productions, the names and plot of the story vary slightly). The Christmas tree has been decorated and the children are in awe of the sparkles and adornments. Herr Drosselmeyer is a local councilman, as well as Clara and Fritz’s godfather, and he’s brought gifts for the children. The toy that Clara takes a liking to is a wooden nutcracker in the shape of a little man. The play follows Clara as she goes on an adventure with The Nutcracker, who is turned into a handsome prince, to the Land of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

In honor of this timeless classic, BalletMet is celebrating an early Christmas in July! For a limited time, now through July 29th, you can purchase tickets for The Nutcracker at half off! The half off tickets are only available for the Dec 7, 8, and 9 performances, excludes Prime Orchestra and Loge, and there is a limit of 6 tickets per purchase. To order you can call 800-982-2787, go online to Ticketmaster.com or visit the BalletMet Dance Academy Open House on July 24 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the downtown location. When ordering use the code CIJBMC to receive the discount.

It’s never too early to buy your Christmas gifts, so celebrate Christmas in July with us and get your Nutcracker tickets before the offer ends! Just don’t forget where you put them J

- Mackenzie 

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