The holiday season brings a host of traditions along with it, and for many families seeing “The Nutcracker” is an annual custom.
There are several professional productions of the ballet scheduled across Metro Atlanta starting just after Thanksgiving and extending past Christmas Day. Smaller productions by local student companies are sprinkled across the city as well.
This year, pick a favorite production to attend, see “The Nutcracker” for the first time, or venture out to see a new adaptation of this classic holiday performance.
Here are five professional productions of “The Nutcracker” happening in Metro Atlanta this holiday season.
“ATLANTA BALLET’S NUTCRACKER” (DEC. 8 THROUGH DEC. 28):
Visit the Fox Theatre for “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker,” which features exquisite dancers along with the live Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and a section of singing by the Georgia Youth Choir. Witness the magic unfold as the young heroine Marya faces off in an epic battle with the Nutcracker against the Rat King before embarking on an astonishing journey to a world of dazzling delights. This is the last year to experience this version of “The Nutcracker” before Atlanta Ballet unveils a brand new production in 2018. Single ticket prices range from $16.25 to $128.25.
BALLETHNIC DANCE COMPANY’S “URBAN NUTCRACKER” (DEC. 9 AND 10) AND “URBAN NUTCRACKER WONDERLAND ACT II” (DEC. 16 AND 17):
“Urban Nutcracker” takes place on Atlanta’s own Sweet Auburn Avenue in the 1940s. Enjoy the soulful celebration, the majestic journey and the whimsical and mysterious characters, including the Reggae Ragdolls, the sultry Arabian dancers, the spinning and leaping Black Russian, Mother Spice and her tumbling Spice Drops, the bubbly Coca-Cola Pas de Six, and the elegant Brown Sugar and her Chocolatier. See the full-length production at Morehouse King Chapel on Dec. 9 and 10 with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $40, or attend a shorter version of “Urban Nutcracker Wonderland Act II” on Dec. 16 and 17 at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center with prices ranging from $15 to $20.
Past Performances to Keep In Mind For Next Year:
“THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER” (NOV. 26):
“The Hip Hop Nutcracker” re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography performed by a dozen dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist. The traditional Nutcracker story is updated to portray contemporary life in New York City in this performance at the Fox Theatre. Single ticket prices range from $25.50 to $80.
MOSCOW BALLET’S “GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER” (NOV. 26):
Moscow Ballet was created in Russia by dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet, and it evolved into a touring company that travels across North America. Its “Great Russian Nutcracker” features local students who auditioned to dance alongside a corps of Moscow Ballet company members. Enchant the whole family with larger than life puppets, nesting dolls and spectacular hand-crafted costumes in this show at the Ferst Center for the Arts. Single ticket prices range from $30.76 to $190.84.
THE GEORGIA BALLET’S “THE NUTCRACKER” (DEC. 1 THROUGH DEC. 3):
Watch the journey of Clara, a charming little girl, as she encounters dueling soldiers, enchanting fairies, exquisite dancing snowflakes and an absolutely magnificent growing Christmas tree on her way into the Land of Sweets. New this year, the group presents a sensory-friendly performance on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. that is abbreviated to one hour and modified for comfortable participation for children and adults with different visual and auditory needs. The Georgia Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” is presented at the Cobb County Civic Center’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, and single ticket prices range from $10 to $48.
For more holiday events check out Atlanta PlanIt’s special Holiday section.