It wouldn’t be the holiday season without hearing that The Nutcracker has come to Vancouver. I have always wanted to attend the ballet but have never had the opportunity, until now. Next week I will be going to see Ballet BC present Alberta Ballet in The Nutcracker. I will be heading downtown with my Mom, and we’ll both be all dressed up for a night at the ballet. I cannot wait! I have so many memories of watching a video tape recording of The Nutcracker, a special that was aired on TV and my parents had recorded it for us to watch. The beautiful ballerinas, the soldiers, and the rats… it was absolutely mesmerizing.
The Nutcracker is all about a little girl named Clara, and how and the escapades that occur along side her Nutcracker Prince. Clara’s Christmas gift of a Nutcracker ends up coming to life in order to defeat the evil Mouse King. She finds herself whisked away to a magical kingdom.
This ballet is set in Imperial Russia, a time that is known for its grandeur. This production extravagantly displays more than a million dollars in stunning sets and costumes. There are more than 100 children who portray mice dressed as soldiers in the battle scene, and snowflakes dressed as Russian princesses. As soon as someone mentions The Nutcracker music by Tchaikovsky comes to mind, I cannot wait to hear the wonderful musical score played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
If you find yourself still looking for a last minute Christmas gift, perhaps consider tickets for a night out to the ballet. Go attend The Nutcracker. Maybe start a new holiday tradition of attending each year. I am already dreaming of taking my oldest daughter next year.
TheNutcracker is at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with performances on Tuesday & Wednesday, December 29 & 30 at 7:30pm, and on Wednesday & Thursday, December 30 & 31 at 2pm.
To find out ticket prices, and to purchase please go here.
Have you ever been to The Nutcracker before, what was your favourite part?