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It’s a timeless tale of wonder that has been bringing joy to audiences for generations. December 8th through the 23rd, you can experience the magic of George Balanchine’s the Nutcracker, as performed by the Oregon Ballet Theatre. Six of these Portland dance performances will feature the full Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestra. This famous two-act ballet was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with the famous score provided by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King". It premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia on Sunday December 18th, 1892, though it wasn’t until the late 1960’s that the production gained a considerable following, namely in the United States and Canada. The Nutcracker is now a holiday tradition that transcends generations.
The story centers on Clara Stahlbaum, a young German girl. One Christmas Eve, when a mysterious stranger arrives, Clara’s brother, Fritz, becomes very alarmed. Conversely, Clara knows it is merely Godfather Drosselmeyer, a talented toymaker. The children dance joyously upon his arrival, and Drosselmyer gives them toys. Clara then receives a very special nutcracker. Later that night, Clara falls asleep under the Christmas tree. When she awakes around midnight, she finds mice dressed in military uniforms set to do battle with her nutcracker and his regiment. And that’s just the beginning of Clara’s marvelous Christmas adventure.
The show runs approximately one hour and forty-seven minutes. For show times and ticket information, visit obt.org.