What holiday traditions do you have with your family? If you are looking to start a new one this holiday might I suggest The Nutcracker? My family and I went this week and we had a blast! My youngest daughter does ballet and she was so excited when my wife and I told her we were going to the show.
We all got dressed up for the ballet. As we drove to show we were listening to Christmas songs. We took a few pictures before the show. We found our seats and my daughters had big smiles on their faces as the ballet started up.
As I looked over during the show at my kid’s faces during the performance I saw their eyes filled with delight as the performers were dancing and telling the story of The Nutcracker. The show was performed by the Carolina Ballet.
Carolina Ballet is one of America’s premier arts organizations, programming traditional ballets by legendary masters and new works by contemporary choreographers. The Ballet was launched as a professional company in 1998 under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Robert Weiss. In 2019, Zalman Raffael became the Artistic Director/CEO joined by Michele Weathers as Executive Director. For more than 20 years, Carolina Ballet has garnered critical praise from the national and international media, staged over 100 world premiere ballets, and in 2018, chartered the School of Carolina Ballet. Since its inaugural season in 1998, Carolina Ballet and this community have accomplished something remarkable. The Company has grown from a budget of $1.2 million featuring sixteen dancers and five apprentices in three programs to a $6.0 million budget featuring 38 dancers in eight programs including the magical holiday tradition, The Nutcracker.
About The Nutcracker
From the moment the curtain rises, the magic of this Holiday classic is mesmerizing. Take a journey to a land of whimsical characters featuring magical illusions, magnificent sets, and beautiful costumes. Listen as a live symphony orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s famed score. The Nutcracker is the perfect story ballet for the young and young at heart.
Carolina’s version sticks closely to the original Petipa libretto. We open on Christmas Eve, in the Stahlbaum house. There’s music and presents and food, and the three Stahlbaum children are beside themselves with joy at the wonder of it all. There’s danger on the horizon though, heralded by the arrival at the door of local magician Drosselmeyer. He brings bearing gifts for the children, including a wooden nutcracker. This is just the start of an adventure which will lead our characters into a war between mice and gingerbread men and through the Land of Sweets.
Please note: I was given a few tickets to from Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, but my thoughts are my own.