The Nutcracker is made possible by
and is presented with support from John & Laurale Stern
It is Christmas Eve in a small European town. As the curtain rises, the hallway of a wealthy bourgeois home is revealed. This is the home of Dr. Stahlbaum and his wife. Their children, Clara and Fritz, are anxiously peeking through the keyhole of the door leading to the parlour. Inside the parlour, the parents are putting finishing touches to the tree and arranging the presents underneath. There is to be a party and soon their cousins and friends begin to arrive with their parents. All rejoice in the large, lighted tree. During the evening’s festivities, the children open presents, play games, and dance. The last to arrive is Herr Drosselmeyer, an eccentric but kindly old man who is also Clara’s Godfather. Accompanying him is his handsome nephew and protege.
Herr Drosselmeyer is a mysterious man, a magician, and a marvellous inventor of moving toys. He brings with him life-size mechanical dolls to entertain the children. Then, Drosselmeyer produces still another gift “for you,” he said to Clara. “He is a Nutcracker.”
Enjoy this beautifully choreographed and costumed holiday classic at the Capitol.
If you go: Doors at 2:30, show at 3:30
$19 | $26 | $33 (plus fees and tax); Special student ticket discount