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Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 950 13th Street, Denver, CO 80204
Ended 27 Dec 2014 after 28 days
The experience of Christmas magic at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House truly is unparalleled.
Now in its 54th year, Colorado Ballet's Nutcracker will be gracing the stage once again at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, joined by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.
With a real wintry twist, the production promises to dazzle audiences with glittering snowflakes, shimmering sugarplum fairies, a real on-stage blizzard, unforgettable characters, stunning costumes and scenery by Jose Varon. This seasonal tradition features classic choreography paired with Tchaikovsky's extraordinary score, performed live.
The scene is set in 19th century Europe at a party in a grand townhouse, home of the Stalbaum family. Gathered together are the family and friends, including the rather eccentric toy inventor Herr Drosselmeyer. Presenting Clara our heroine with a striking nutcracker doll, he later comforts her when her boisterous brother Fritz breaks it.
Still distraught, Clara is tired from the evening's festivities and falls asleep in the parlour, nestling with her fixed nutcracker. As midnight strikes, she starts to dream vividly; her Nutcracker has come alive (and human-sized!), and is engaged in battle with a pack of unruly mice. Defeating them, he whisks Clara to the Land of Sweets and beyond. There she encounters dancing snowflakes, a host of exotic and beautiful sweets and the kingdom's benevolent ruler, the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Thanks to the dedication and foresight of founders Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is now one of the foremost arts organizations in the region. The company comprises professional dancers of both national and international acclaim with 15-20 studio company dancers who perform an expansive repertoire.
Opening night: 29 November 2014
Closing night: 27 December 2014
Suitable for all ages
One hour and 50 minutes including a 20-minute intermission
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