This year marks the 50th Anniversary for the Atlanta Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ and the 80th anniversary of the Atlanta Ballet itself. The Nutcracker play has been a family tradition for many Atlanta families for fifty years. The beautiful set, elaborate costumes and exquisite dancing make this holiday tradition a must-see for the whole family.
The classic tale of The Nutcracker is a fairy tale ballet performed in two acts and three scenes that was composed in 1891-1892 by composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The story has been published in many book versions including colorful children-friendly versions. The Atlanta Ballet’s plot begins 150 years ago on a snowy Christmas Eve in St. Petersburg, Russia. Drosselmeyer, an ingenious toymaker, finishes making gifts for a party at the Petrov house. On his way, he passes the magical town clock he created. As it chimes, three curious - and prophetic - images appear: a ballerina, a soldier, and a terrifying Rat King.
Opening weekend for the Atlanta Ballet’s rendition of this classic tale is December 11, 2009 and runs until December 27, 2009. Tickets are as low as $41.55 for adults and $36.25 for children. Whether you're experiencing the magic for the first time or continuing an annual tradition, nothing brings the holidays to life like the classic tale of The Nutcracker. A play filled with fairies, princes, dancing snowflakes, and a global ensemble of dancers from countries such as Brazil, China, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, South Africa, and the United States, makes this a can’t miss event!
More Holiday event ideas for the family:
Handmade crafts for the Holidays
Mistletoe Market Craft Festival
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