Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved fairy tale, Christensen’s ballet in two acts also features Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score. For more than 55 years, Ballet West has staged this grand tale of holiday parties, snow castles and sugarplum fairies to the delight of the masses who ritually turn up for the festivities. For many of those theater-goers, it’s also their chance to engage in the time-honored tradition of witnessing a giant nutcracker turn into a handsome prince in the dreams of an imaginative girl named Clara.
One thing that guarantees to make the production fresh year in and year out is the energy radiating off the more than 120 young dancers it takes to stage the holiday spectacle. Many of the ballet hopefuls are filled with palpable nerves, anxiously awaiting the opportunity to dance on the main stage for the first time. If they are lucky, that opportunity could continue next year, perhaps in a more prominent role, as they get used to that moment when the curtains open, the spotlight shines and The Nutcracker magic is once again in the air. (Jacob Stringer)
Date: Nov 30, 2012
Address: 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Capitol Theatre