SALT LAKE CITY – Ballet West rings in the holidays in grand style with its annual holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. Choreographed by Ballet West Founder Willam Christensen, The Nutcracker will run for 23 matinee and evening performances from December 5 through December 27 at the Capitol Theatre. Evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m., with matinees at 2:00 p.m. There is a special holiday matinee on Christmas Eve at Noon.
Based on the fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann and set to the favorite score by Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is a classic ballet in two acts. The story tells of a Christmas party at which little Clara, daughter of the house, receives the gift of a nutcracker from her mysterious uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer. After the party, she falls asleep and dreams of snow castles, sugarplums, and her nutcracker, which has turned into a handsome prince.
Ticket prices range from $18 to $66 and are available at all ArtTix outlets, or at the Capitol Theatre Box Office, 50 West 200 South. Tickets may also be charged by calling 355-ARTS or at www.arttix.org .
Immediately following each matinee (except December 24), Ballet West will host on-stage Sugar Plum Parties for children. During the parties, young members of the audience can join the Sugar Plum Fairy and other favorite characters from the ballet for refreshments and a special treat. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at the Capitol Theatre Box Office, or by calling ArtTix at 355-ARTS.