Ballet Palm Beach Kicks Off the Holiday Season With Its Tradition of ‘The Nutcracker’ Over Thanksgiving Weekend
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Eissey Campus Theatre
At Palm Beach State College
11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens
Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 – 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 – 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets at balletpalmbeach.org or 561.207.5900
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – Ballet Palm Beach continues its tradition over Thanksgiving weekend with the performance of the beloved “The Nutcracker.” With Tchaikovsky’s famed score, the ballet enchants both children and adults with the story of a girl named Clara and her magical nutcracker doll. Performances are at the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College, Nov. 27 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Nov. 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 30 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets begin at $17 and can be purchased online at balletpalmbeach.org or by calling the Eissey Campus Theatre box office at 561.207.5900.
“There is something magical about ‘The Nutcracker.’ It’s a tradition for many that brings family and friends together to kick off the holiday season.” said artistic director Colleen Smith. “This year’s performance will be bigger and better than ever and includes over sixty local children who perform alongside our newly expanded professional dance company.”
Set in the nineteenth-century Germany, the ballet begins at a party on Christmas Eve when Herr Drosselmeyer gives Clara a special gift, a wooden nutcracker. The adventures begin in a battle scene when the nutcracker comes alive and saves Clara from a frightful Rat King. From there the nutcracker magically transforms into a prince and travels with Clara to the Land of the Snowflakes and the Kingdom of the Sweets. The audience will enjoy dances from all over the world as Clara and her prince are presented with treats in the Kingdom of the Sweets: chocolate; a Spanish dance, coffee; an Arabian dance, tea; a Chinese dance, and peppermints; a Russian dance. Bon Bons will dance from France and the Dew Drop Fairy leads the Waltz of the Flowers. Mother Ginger and her Gingerbread Children welcome all before the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier dance a grand pas de deux. The evening comes to an end as Drosselmeyer returns Clara from her enchanting dream back to her loving home.