‘The Nutcracker’ — Broadway’s Christmas Tradition

Posted: December 9, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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The Christmas season can be defined by its traditions–picking out the perfect tree, baking batches of Christmas cookies and, of course, an annual trip to see the “Nutcracker.” Just because you aren’t at home for the holiday season doesn’t mean that you have to miss out! The Civic Center recently put on its annual production of the Nutcracker.

For those of you who didn’t spend their childhood Christmases witnessing the classic ballet, the story follows a young girl, Clara, who was given a nutcracker by her mystical godfather (if the production stays true to last year’s performance, you’ll be able to spot the uncle wearing an always attractive eye patch). When she goes to bed, the nutcracker grows to full-size and thus erupts a night of Christmas enchantment (pardon the cheese). Classic songs include the “Dance of Sugar Plum Fairies,” “Chinese Tea” and, of course, the “Nutcracker Suite.”

Christmas classics like the “Nutcracker” are such a warm and fuzzy way to celebrate the holidays, especially during the weeks of finals and endless homework. (I know, I know, I can barely take the cheesiness of this post–the holidays are getting to me).

The show was put on by the Syracuse City Ballet (formerly the Upstate NY Ballet). But, if you missed Syracuse’s short run of the show, fret not. The “Nutcracker” has countless productions across the country, and there are always the films–but let’s face it, seeing it live is always better.

-Diana Pearl

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