Just like carols and jingle bells, the beautiful score of The Nutcracker Suite is one of the most cherished sounds of Christmastime. This holiday season, the San Antonio Ballet and the San Antonio Symphony will collaborate to present The Nutcracker live, so save the date and embrace a time-honored Christmas tradition.
When and Where
The Nutcracker will run at the H-E-B Performance Hall of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The ballet will be performed on November 29 and 30, and on December 1, 6, 7, and 8. Some dates will have both a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7:30 show. The Tobin Center is located at 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78205.
The dance and accompanying music tell the story of a young girl whose Christmas toy comes alive and transports her to a magical world. Based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker is filled with spectacular sights, from the battle of mice and gingerbread men to the dancing flowers and the many children of Mother Ginger. Toward the end of the Act I, young imaginations will marvel as the glittering Christmas tree grows live on stage, signaling the venture into dreamland.
Meet the Dancers
On November 29, there will be a post-show reception directly after the ballet. You’ll have a chance to meet the performers and choreographers on stage to celebrate opening night, and guests may enjoy champagne and other beverages during the fun and fellowship. Admission for this event is $40 per person, separate from the cost of the show ticket. There will also be a meet and greet event after the Saturday matinee on December 7. During the gathering, the main cast will be available for photos. Admission to this event is $40.
A Long-Running Holiday Tradition
The Nutcracker Suite is one of Tchaikovsky’s most recognizable ballets, and it has delighted audiences for more than a century. However, when it first debuted in Saint Petersburg in 1892, it was met with a mixed reception. Critics couldn’t agree on the quality of the performance, although the dancer who played the Sugar Plum Fairy is said to have taken five curtain calls. The ballet received a warm welcome in New York during the 1950s, and The Nutcracker has since become a holiday standard on stages across the U.S.
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