The first time I saw the Nutcracker ballet performed was on a PBS TV special filmed in 1977 with Mikhail Baryshnikov performing as the lead. I just loved that Christmas ballet and Tchaikovsky’s score. When I was older, I began going to see the Nutcracker ballet performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. For years, it was a tradition to go with family or friends to see the Nutcracker and that magical growing tree each year. When I had my son, I recall thinking that when he turned five, he would be old enough to see the Nutcracker performed live. Since our recent theatre experiences have been so positive, I am excited that this Nutcracker season, he will be five and I can’t wait to start a tradition with him. It isn’t Christmas to me without seeing a performance of The Nutcracker.
This year the Pennsylvania Ballet will be celebrating 25 years of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™! To kick off Nutcracker Season there will be a special event on Monday June 25 at noon at the Kimmel Center Box Office at Broad and Spruce Street. The first 25 people to arrive can purchase Nutcracker tickets for only $25, which is a great discount. To continue the celebration through the year, mark your calendars for more special offers and surprises on the 25th of each month through December. First Niagara is the Presenting Sponsor of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.
“Pennsylvania Ballet first performed George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ back in 1987, and 25 years later it remains our most beloved production,” Artistic Director Roy Kaiser says. “The brilliance of Mr. B’s choreography, the timeless story and score, and spectacular sets and costumes make this ballet a must-see every year.”
Meet the Mouse King!
On Monday, June 25 at noon, join your favorite Nutcracker characters at the Kimmel Center Box Office for activities, special ticket offers, and more! While you’re there, you can become part of Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker ad campaign. Just pose for their photographer at the event and tell them how you know it's Nutcracker Season. Don't have time for a photo? Just finish the sentence: "I know it's Nutcracker Season when..." and email it to email@example.com or tweet @paballet using #pabnutcrackerseason.
To get in the mood for Nutcracker Season, my son and I will be waiting to meet the Mouse King on Monday. It will be a great way to beat the heat and think cool thoughts!
Disclosure: The event on Monday is a free event and the details were provided to me by the Pennsylvania Ballet. I have not received financial compensation for this post.