by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman
The Nutcracker is one of the most kid-friendly ballets out there and perfect for introducing young kids to the culture of ballet. Although the dazzling costumes and scenery and the contagious music are very suitable for kids, very young children might not be able to last through a typical two-hour performance. The New York Theatre Ballet is holding one-hour-long performances of The Nutcracker as part of their “Once Upon a Ballet” series. These short but inventive performances are just long enough for young toddlers to enjoy and not tire them out. Here’s what’s in store:
From clockwork imps to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this timeless, re-imagined classic bursts with energy and excitement. This holiday ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, is set in Art Nouveau style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer, Keith Michael; set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith; and costumes by Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera, Sylvia Nolan.
When: December 14: 11am, 1pm, 3:30pm
December 15: 11am, 1pm, 3:30pm
December 22: 11am, 1pm, 3:30pm
Where: Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street, NYC
Price: $35 for kids under 12; $40 for adults
To purchase tickets click here or call Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787. You can also purchase at the box office: Tuesdays: 11am-7pm, Wednesdays-Fridays: 12:00pm – 7:00pm; Saturdays: 12pm-4pm
Stay tuned for upcoming performances in the “Once Upon a Ballet” series from the New York Theatre Ballet of Alice in Wonderland Follies (January), Cinderella (March) and Carnival of the Animals & Sleeping Beauty’s Wedding (May).I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for thirteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 6, 4 and 1) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.
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