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The Atlanta Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'

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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