Visit, drive by, or even look at the Long Center in the weeks leading up to the holidays, and one thing’s for certain: Ballet Austin’s classic The Nutcracker is back in Austin. Now in its 52nd year, the familiar tale of Clara, her beloved Nutcracker doll, and a magical world of Sugar Plum Fairies comes back to life in Dell Hall.
Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker just celebrated a successful opening weekend, and their acclaimed run continues all the way through December 23rd. It’s a holiday tradition not to be missed- but don’t just take our word for it! BroadwayWorld.com reviewers agree, it’s a hit! Read an excerpt of the rave review below.
Now in its 52nd year, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker has become an expected, seasonal favorite. Housed in the beautiful Long Center since 2009, the production has been seen by over 1 million patrons since its local inception in 1962. Ballet Austin operates as the 19th largest classical ballet company in the country, and their production of The Nutcracker is the longest running within the state of Texas (and with good reason).
Set on Christmas Eve in the home of young Clara Silberhaus (danced in this particular performance by Madeline Casas), family and friends are gathered for a celebratory evening of dancing and gifts when Clara’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, (Edward Carr) stops by bearing a Nutcracker doll for Clara. After the party, once the house is quiet and asleep, her Nutcracker doll comes to life to fight the Rat King (whom Clara defeats), as Clara is led into the magical Land of Snow where she encounters the Snow Queen and King and iconic Sugar Plum Fairies.
To say the show is well cast would be a vast understatement. Each and every dancer contributed a unique combination of poise, technique, and personality necessary to embody their respective characters and bring the story, believably, to life. Of course, the grandeur of the famous Sugar Plum Fairy (danced in this particular performance by Aara Krumpe) and her Cavalier (danced in this particular performance by Frank Shott) carried the second act with their near effortless chemistry combined with their beautiful technique- both together and apart.
For a tried and true holiday tradition over half of a century old, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker did not disappoint. The skill and sentiment of dancers, from the lead role of the Sugar Plum Fairy to the absolutely adorable angels danced by the younger students of the Ballet’s Academy, the impressive technical elements complimenting and, in the case of costumes, enhancing the story, set against the backdrop of Tchaikovsky’s familiar score, it’s no wonder The Nutcracker becomes someone’s new holiday tradition year after year. Whether 8 or 80 (a cliché much overused but very necessary and honest in this case), The Nutcracker is a treat not to be missed.