The Tallahassee Ballet’s 'The Nutcracker' returns for the holidays

The Tallahassee Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns for the holidays
The Tallahassee Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns for the holidays
Posted at 5:29 AM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-25 02:29:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Tallahassee Ballet's The Nutcracker will feature a live orchestra on December 16 and 17 at Florida State University's Ruby Diamond Auditorium.

This year’s production features Boston Ballet Principal Dancers Lia Cirio and Paul Craig.

Cirio will dance the role of The Sugar Plum Fairy and Craig will perform the part of her Cavalier.

TTB’s Artistic Director Tyrone Brooks and Resident Choreographer Kathryn Karrh Cashin have collaborated to create a vibrant and energized rendition of this timeless tale.

"The majestic beauty, sparkle and dash of magic are perfect for the holiday season," Brooks said. "The Tallahassee Ballet’s Nutcracker is visually sophisticated and full of fantasy.”

The two-act ballet has roots in German folklore and was first brought to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s iconic score in 1892 Russia. The timeless tale has been a Tallahassee tradition since the first curtain rose on TTB’s The Nutcracker in 1986.

The story of The Nutcracker begins on Christmas Eve. A young girl named Clara is gifted a Nutcracker doll – but not any ordinary Nutcracker.

Clara is magically transported to a mystical land where she is forced to contest the frightful Rat King with her doll as the prince by her side. The two then set off on a magical adventure through the Kingdom of Sweets.

Performances are Sat., Dec. 16, at 10:30 a.m. (Children’s Abbreviated Performance), Sat., Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for any of the three performances can be purchased online at – or by calling 850-224-6917, ext. 21.

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