THE NUTCRACKER

December 9-20, 2022

Edmonds Center for the Arts | Everett Performing Arts Center

Jose Iglesias & Mara Vinson
Photo by Into Dust Photography

Olympic Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker is widely anticipated each year, and we are thrilled to be back! Join us for this favorite holiday tradition featuring dazzling snowflakes, a dramatic battle, waltzing flowers, Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, and much more!

Choreographed by OBT artistic directors Oleg Gorboulev and Mara Vinson, this classic production of The Nutcracker features sets designed by Jeanne Franz, Phillip Lineau, and Ruth Gilmore.

EVERETT PERFORMANCES

December 9-11, 2022

EDMONDS PERFORMANCES

December 15-20, 2022

Performance Season Subscription

Tickets for The Nutcracker shows, including the matinee performances, will be open soon, but the 2022-2023 performance season subscription is available now! Purchase tickets for all four productions in the upcoming season and receive a 10% discount on all tickets, including additional tickets purchased for friends and family in your group. Please contact the Box at Office at 425.774.7570 or dance@olympicballet.org.

STORY OF THE BALLET

The Nutcracker is the story of a little girl named Clara and a wooden doll that was given to her on Christmas Eve many years ago. Clara lives with her brother Fritz and her parents, Herr and Frau Burgermeister.

As the ballet opens, we see Herr Drosselmeyer on his way to a Christmas party, carrying presents for his godchildren, Clara and Fritz. Pausing to check his watch outside the home, he discovers that he is running late and rushes inside with his gifts in tow. Drosselmeyer’s gifts for the children include life-size mechanical dolls and a special present for his godchild Clara: a wonderful Nutcracker doll. In jealousy, her brother Fritz throws The Nutcracker on the floor and breaks it, but Herr Drosselmeyer quickly mends it. The party continues with gifts, dancing and refreshments until the guests depart.

Shortly before the stroke of midnight, Clara steals away to the parlor to fetch her beloved Nutcracker doll. She curls up with the doll in her arms and falls fast asleep on the couch. She dreams a wonderfully vivid dream in which the Christmas tree grows, larger-than-life sized rats attack toy soldiers, and her Nutcracker doll fights a dangerous duel with the menacing rat king! Clara bravely throws her slipper at the rat king, saving her Nutcracker from defeat.

As all signs of the battle that just ensued melt away, Clara finds herself transformed into a beautiful young woman, and the Nutcracker into a handsome prince. They begin to dance, the snow starts falling, and Herr Drosselmeyer sends them on, through the snow flurries, into the Land of the Sweets.

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