The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

This holiday season brings back the Boston Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

Choreographed by Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, the production features the full company of 68 dancers and 217 Boston Ballet School students. Since the world premiere at The Boston Opera House on Nov. 23, 2012, the program will run through until the end of December.

“This cherished production never fails to inspire audiences – whether they’re seeing it again or sharing it with loved ones for the first time,” says Nissinen.

“‘The Nutcracker’ is a wonderful way for families to escape the hectic holiday season and cherish time with one another.”

Nissinen’s choreography for this production fully showcases the elite level of skill the dancers encompass. Behind the effortless and poised performance, it is clear each dancer has dedicated their time training towards mastering the art of ballet.

Training starts at a young age for ballet dancers. The Boston Ballet School admits children as young as 16 months into their children’s program, offering an early introduction in the preparation for a professional career in ballet.

Starring Delia Wada-Gill, 14, who dances Clara Silberhaus, follows in the footsteps of her two older sisters Fiona and Bronwyn. It’s not uncommon to see talented young ballerinas, but Delia shines amongst the sea of dancers, leaving audience members with impressed expressions.

Celebrated by audiences as “elegant and theatrically striking,” this re-imagined production has received praise from critics for its “sleek bejeweled costumes and spacious, regal sets” – Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times.

It is truly a spectacular performance that showcases the story of Clara Silberhaus and The Nutcracker Prince as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Set in what many regard as the Jane Austen era of the early 1800s, the story is brought to life with an elaborate set that features a magnificently illuminated christmas tree, mesmerizing falling snowflakes and multiple pieces of moving scenery.

With over 350 handmade costumes, the craftsmanship is no exception to the excellent quality of the whole production. Costume designs such as the adorable gingerbread man and herd of baby lambs will surely bring a smile to your face.

“The Nutcracker” presents an ideal experience for friends and family to enjoy together. Seeing all the components assemble together and come to life on stage is a stunning vision like no other. The sensational cast and crew were praised by the audience on opening night who rose for a standing ovation.

This magical experience is made possible with all-new lighting design by award-winning Finnish designer Mikki Kunttu, costume and set design by Robert Perdziola, and the full orchestra conducted by music director Jonathan McPhee.

The world-class production is one that everyone should take the opportunity to see if you have the chance. Tickets to the ballet is often outside a college student’s budget but this year, Boston Ballet is offering an exclusive offer for student rush tickets at $25 and a free Boloco Gift card. Available at the Boston Opera House 2 hours prior to curtain, with cash and a valid student ID.

The event, “Nutcracker Study Break Night” will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

For a full list of Boston Ballet’s programme for 2015-2016 season, visit their website here.

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