Igor Piovano, Kathryn Bradney, Julie Lamby

Saturday June 18, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Sunday June 19, 2022 at 3 p.m.
Friday June 24, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Saturday June 25, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Sunday June 26, 2026 at 3 p.m.

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The Nutcracker, a ballet presented in two acts, tells the story of Clara, a young girl who, on Christmas Eve, receives a wooden nutcracker as a gift. Which turns into a prince after fighting the Mouse King and takes Clara to a fantasy kingdom.

On Christmas Eve, Clara, her brother Fritz, her mom and her aunt get ready to receive their family and friends for the big New Year’s Eve party.
Among the guests is the magician Drosselmeyer.
She is quite a mysterious and important character in the evening because without her there would be no presents to put at the feet of the majestic Christmas tree!

The party is going well, the children are dancing and so are the parents.
The time to hand out the presents finally arrives, and Drosselmeyer performs magic tricks to grab the attention of the guests.
She then gives Clara a wooden nutcracker! Happy, the young girl dances with him, except that her brother Fritz is jealous and tries to steal the wonderful gift from him.

The New Years Eve party draws to a close and the guests leave one by one.
Clara is tired and goes to bed, her nutcracker in her arms.
Suddenly she sees nasty mice and gets scared.
The Christmas tree grows and its nutcracker comes to life: mice attack it, but it spawns soldiers who will fight them, as well as their king.
Finally the Nutcracker kills the Mouse King and the battle ends.

At the end of the first act, Clara, her mom and her aunt find themselves surrounded by a whirlwind of snowflakes.
In the second act, Clara wakes up, as if nothing had happened, with her nutcracker in her hands …
Illusion or fantasy?
Let’s go for the fantastic, as Clara did, because otherwise we risk never knowing the wonderful kingdom of sweets!

Clara discovers the realm of sweets and meets several characters there.
She is invited to enjoy a feast of flavors, dances and cultures.

The festivities begin with the Spanish dance, then the Arabic dance, the Chinese dance, the Russian dance, the mirliton dance, the Mother Stork dance, the flower waltz and the jesters dance.
The prince reappears for the big pas de deux.

And Clara’s journey ends with a big party.

Of course, all good things come to an end …

The Nutcracker ballet is an ode to imagination, magic and fantasy, in an atmosphere of love and gathering for young and old.

This work invites us to admire the snowflakes, to dance with Clara and her nutcracker, and to be part of the realm of sweets… so do we!