Family Enchantment

In the Columbus area, there are many traditions that spark the start of the Holiday season, but there is none like that of BalletMet’s The Nutcracker.  

BalletMet Columbus’ latest adaptation of the beloved tale premiered in 2004 and was conceived by BalletMet Artistic Director Gerard Charles and theater artist Robert Post. Their rendition takes on a more lighthearted feel and has become a fan favorite of children and adults alike.

While certain characters and concepts have varied from one version of The Nutcracker to another, the ballet’s story remains essentially the same: A young girl receives a nutcracker for Christmas, then dreams her new toy becomes a handsome prince who battles the evil Mouse King and takes her on an enchanting visit through the Kingdom of Sweets.

The Nutcracker is a very special ballet, and I am particularly proud of this version that combines humor, the wonder of childhood and an adult appreciation of fine things,” said Charles. “I hope it becomes a treasured part of many family holiday traditions.”

The Nutcracker includes more than 130 BalletMet Dance Academy students dancing as mice, soldiers and the central coveted character of the imaginative young Clara.  The Columbus Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s score live, with back-up vocals performed by the Columbus Children’s Choir.

In addition to its performances at the Ohio Theatre from December 9 – 23, Balletmet has other surprises in store throughout the holiday season, including “Meet the Nutcracker” appearances at the Firefighters 4 Kids Toy Drive on December 16th and after the December 10th and 17th evening performances.

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