The history of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is vast and rich and dates to the early 19th century. In 1816, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was first published by E.T.A. The original release of the book was not intended for children. In fact, it was originally drafted as a horror-style fairytale for adults only. However, a family-friendly version that was suitable for children of all ages was developed by Alexander Dumas. From the children’s story, a ballet was commissioned with all-new music, written by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky. The very first ballet production of the story premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia, in December of 1892.
While The Nutcracker is now well-known around the world, this was not always the case. A dancer named George Balanchine, originally from Russia once danced in the original The Nutcracker in 1919. At the time, he was only 15 years old. However, years later, as an adult, he relocated to New York City, where he turned to producing and choreographing his own shows. His most notable production was, in fact, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.
After first debuting George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® in 1954 in New York City, the production has since become an annual tradition.
In 1965, The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) became the first and only school in the world to license and perform George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, resulting in the production becoming one of the most sought-after events during the holiday season.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® tells the story of a girl’s whimsical journey to a magical land during Christmas time, most notably on Christmas Eve itself. The girl, known as Marie, finds herself falling fast asleep, only to soon meet a toy Nutcracker who has come to life. Throughout the story, Marie, and the Nutcracker (along with his army of toy soldiers), work to defeat the final enemy, known as the evil Mouse King. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® allows viewers of all ages to suspend their beliefs while immersing themselves in the stunning, glitzy, well-choreographed production.
If you are in or near Philadelphia and you are thinking of attending a family-friendly holiday event this year, consider attending CPYB’s own George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. CPYB’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® delivers the very essence of the holiday season while allowing audience members of all ages to experience the magic of the season through colorful characters, dynamic storylines, and beautiful stage effects.
If you are interested in attending The Nutcracker ballet near Philadelphia, Our George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® production will be live at Whitaker Center on December 10th, 2022, (1 p.m. & 5 p.m.) as well as Sunday, December 11, 2022, at 2 p.m.
Pricing for tickets at the Whitaker Center ranges between $25-$48 per child to $30-$48 per adult.
The George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® production by CPYB will also be live from Hershey Theatre on Saturday, December 17th, 2022 (1 p.m. & 5 p.m.) as well as Sunday, December 18th, 2022, at 2 p.m.
Pricing for tickets at the Hershey Theatre ranges between $30-$50 per child to $35-$50 per adult.