Join Delaware’s ballet company for Wilmington’s favorite holiday tradition! Experience the magical journey through the land of sweets in FSBT’s lavish production of The Nutcracker on the main stage on December 21 - 23 at The Grand Opera House.

Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $14.99 - $50

Click here to purchase tickets for The Sugar Plum Tea before the matinee on Saturday, December 22.

Sugar Plum Tea tickets must be purchased separately.


A ballet in two acts

Music by PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

Choreography by PASHA KAMBALOV after LEV IVANOV, MARIUS PETIPA

Lighting by GENEVIEVE FANELLI

Stage Manager PAIGE OBARA

Costumes by LISA DVORKINA, TRACI EIZEMBER, JOANNE EPSTEIN, PAIGE OBARA, BENEFIS COSTUMES, THEATRE BALLET-PREMIER

Premiere: December 18, 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Act I

The Stahlbaums and their children Marie and Fritz are hosting their annual Christmas party. The mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer enters and entertains the children. Drosselmeyer later appears disguised as a magician and presents a puppet show followed by three life-size dolls, to the delight of the guests.

The children begin to open gifts and Drosselmeyer presents his gift of a beautiful nutcracker to Marie. Marie admires it more than all the other toys. Fritz wants to play with the new doll and he pulls it away from her and throws it on the floor. Marie is heartbroken, but Drosselmeyer quickly repairs the nutcracker.

As the evening grows late, the guests depart and the Stahlbaum family retires for the evening. Marie comes downstairs to steal one last glance at her nutcracker under the Christmas tree. She falls asleep. In a dream she sees the drawing room. A mouse scurries out of a hole, and then mice scamper out from everywhere. The mice try to take the nutcracker from Marie until the Mouse King enters. Marie is terribly frightened and hides behind a chair. Suddenly her nutcracker appears life-size. Overcoming her fear, she runs up to him. The Nutcracker leads a regiment of soldiers to defend Marie. The Mouse King is defeated and disappears with his army. Drosselmeyer transforms Marie into a lovely maiden and the Nutcracker into a handsome prince. Together, they set off on a journey to the Land of Snow where they are welcomed by dancing snowflakes.

Act II

Marie and the prince arrive in the Land of Sweets and the festivities begin. A Spanish dance is followed by Arabian, Chinese and Marzipan dances. Then comes the Russian dance, the Polichinelles, and the Waltz of the Flowers. Marie and the prince dance merrily with the rest.

At last the wonderful dream is over and Marie awakens.

(Length: 1 hours 45 minutes including one intermission)


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