Dec. 9-24, 2016 | Ohio Theatre
Friday, 12/9 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 12/10 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Sunday,12/11 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, 12/15 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 12/16 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 12/17 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 12/18 12 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/21 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, 12/22 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 12/23 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 12/24 2 p.m.
Choreography: Gerard Charles
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Run time: 1 Hour and 50 Minutes
Young Clara will once again invite us inside her imagination with The Nutcracker, a beloved Columbus tradition since its World Premiere in December 1974. Choreographed by former Artistic Director Gerard Charles, this magic-filled ballet draws families from near and far with its merry characters, gorgeous set, elegant costuming—and a good dose of holiday nostalgia.
Who’s Who in The Nutcracker
When Clara’s godfather gives her a nutcracker at the Christmas party, she has no idea she will soon embark on a magical adventure. In her dreams (or are they really dreams?) she defeats the Mouse King and his mice to save her nutcracker prince. Then the diverse wonders of The Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy are displayed before her with all the magic of a little girl’s imagination.
Clara’s brother has a sense for the mischievous. When he becomes dismayed that he cannot crack nuts with his teeth like the nutcracker, Fritz breaks the nutcracker. But Herr Drosselmeyer quickly fixes the toy. Fritz is still looking for trouble and finds a rat with which to tease Clara.
Clara’s godfather and a long-time friend of the Stahlbaum family, Herr Drosselmeyer is a mysterious toymaker who gives Clara a life-like Spanish doll and her brother Fritz an exciting Spanish doll. Near the end of the party, Drosselmeyer gives Clara another special gift: a nutcracker.
The Nutcracker Prince
Hailing from the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the nutcracker prince has been entrapped in the nutcracker that Herr Drosselmeyer gives to Clara. When Clara frees him in the battle against the Mouse King, he takes her on an enchanting journey to his homeland.
Sugar Plum Fairy
After hearing the story of Clara rescuing the prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy arranges a grand celebration in their honor filled with astonishing surprises, including a reunion between Clara and her Spanish doll.