December 13-15, 2019
Huntsville Ballet Company along with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra performs The Nutcracker annually at the Von Braun Mark C. Smith Concert Hall.
Set in the 1850’s in Huntsville, Alabama, our production of The Nutcracker has a traditional feel thanks to the Huntsville history sets and elaborate antebellum-style costumes.
Phillip Otto, Artistic Director of Huntsville Ballet Company worked closely with David Harwell, the theater program director at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, to remake the sets of the annual holiday performance to mark Community Ballet Association’s 50th year. CBA is the umbrella under which the Huntsville Ballet Company and the Huntsville Ballet School both operate.
The ballet company’s seamstresses work for months on the elaborate costumes and continue to update costumes annually. Sets include include a filmy front drop that depicts the Quietdale mansion that is located in Northeast Huntsville; it’s a special drop where you can see through it, like you’re looking through the windows.
Tchaikovsky's score is brought to life as the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra performs live for each performance with Huntsville Ballet Company.
THE NUTCRACKER STORY
Act I ~
The story begins at a family party at the Erskine home on Christmas Eve about 1850. Little Laura Erskine receives a gift from her magical godfather, Drosselmeyer. It is a nutcracker dressed as a soldier. Laura's brother, Albert, is jealous of the nutcracker and breaks the toy in anger. The nutcracker comes to life in Laura's dreams that night. He battles the wicked mice who try to steal the children’s Christmas toys. The nutcracker takes Clara on an enchanted journey through the Kingdom of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets.
Act II ~
The Sugar Plum Fairy welcomes Laura and the Nutcracker, who is now her prince. The Sugar Plum Fairy introduces dancers from many lands to entertain Laura while she is visiting the Kingdom of Sweets. The climax of the magical evening is a grand pas de deux (a dance for two) by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. There is a grand finale which is a happy ending for all.