Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
In Theaters November 2, 2018!
- Helen Mirren plays Mother Ginger (a tyrant in this version)
- Keira Knightley as Sugar Plum Fairy (not in pointe shoes)
- Misty Copeland stars as “The Ballerina”
- Mackenzie Foy as Clara
- Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeyer
- Directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”.
The Nutcracker is probably the most well known and most attended ballet production. It first premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on Sunday, 18 December 1892! While the original production was not a success (originally choreographed by Marius Petipaand Lev Ivanov) the score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was. Without the Nutcracker many ballet companies may not even survive. As much as 40% of a company’s revenue can come from Nutcracker ticket sales alone.
Some productions cast Clara and the Prince with children while others fill the roles with adults. Being cast as Clara just may be EVERY little aspiring ballerina’s dream. There are so many opportunities to dance in the Nutcracker… Snow, Flowers, Arabian, Dolls, Party Children, Soldiers, Mice, and many more! Some dancers like, myself, have rehearsed and performed hundreds of hours for The Nutcracker. Sometimes hearing the music in July can create an eye twitch =). My birthday and my sister Kyla’s birthday are both in December and we have almost always been rehearsing or performing on our Birthdays Dec 2nd and Dec 3rd. Even though we have done it so many times I will never grow tired of The Nutcracker. It is tradition for us and definitely a ballet for everyone. It is so much fun to dance for all the families and children! The costumes are so festive and I love the giant, growing Christmas tree and all of the falling snow.
If you have not been to see The Nutcracker find the closest production and be sure to grab your tickets and don’t miss it this year! The photos I have seen so far remind a little of Alice in Wonderland and even The Wizard of Oz, which Colorado Ballet will be performing early 2019! Get your tickets here.
Be sure to grab your tickets and take your friends! Maybe now even more people will come see the Nutcracker in person!