CELEBRATING 55 YEARS OF THE NUTCRACKER
Now in its 57th year, Colorado Ballet's Nutcracker will be gracing the stage once again at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. As with 2016's Goldstar National Nutcracker Award-winning run, the company will be joined by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. What accolades will 2017 bring?
With a real wintry twist, the production promises to dazzle audiences with glittering snowflakes, shimmering sugarplum fairies, a real on-stage blizzard, unforgettable characters, stunning costumes and scenery. This seasonal tradition features classic choreography paired with Tchaikovsky's extraordinary score, performed live.
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The scene is set in 19th century Europe at a party in a grand townhouse, home of the Stalbaum family. Gathered together are the family and friends, including the rather eccentric toy inventor Herr Drosselmeyer. Presenting Clara our heroine with a striking nutcracker doll, he later comforts her when her boisterous brother Fritz breaks it.
Still distraught, Clara is tired from the evening's festivities and falls asleep in the parlour, nestling with her fixed nutcracker. As midnight strikes, she starts to dream vividly; her Nutcracker has come alive (and human-sized!), and is engaged in battle with a pack of unruly mice. Defeating them, he whisks Clara to the Land of Sweets and beyond. There she encounters dancing snowflakes, a host of exotic and beautiful sweets and the kingdom's benevolent ruler, the Sugar Plum Fairy.