Nothing marks the true beginning of the holiday season like hearing that The Nutcracker is coming to town. My daughter has been fascinated by all things Nutcracker ever since she was a baby girl. We don’t get to see a live performance every year; but over the years it’s become a fun daddy / daughter outing and heart-warming family tradition whenever we do. We already have tickets for this year’s performance of The Nutcracker, to be performed by the Harford Ballet Company in December. 2011 marks the 11th year that the Harford Ballet Company presents its performances of The Nutcracker; and this year’s performances will take place December 3, 2011 at 6 p.m., and, December 4, 2011 at 1 p.m., at Patterson Mill High School in Bel Air.
My family has had several opportunities to catch performances by the Harford Ballet Company over the years, and we’ve never been disappointed.
A timeless tradition for the entire family, The Nutcracker will captivate audiences with the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the evil Rat King in a sword duel and travel to the enchanted Land of the Sweets. The beautiful Tchaikovsky score is easily recognized by all audience members and when combined with exquisite costumes, splendid scenery and radiant choreography, the experience will be one that is not forgotten.
This year’s performances will feature special guests Abi Stafford and Adam Hendrickson from the New York City Ballet.
“The dancing, the atmosphere – it all comes together to create an unforgettable outing to the theater and truly helps anyone get in the holiday spirit,” said Executive Director Barclay Gibbs. “The Nutcracker is such a magical journey and Harford Ballet Company is delighted in continuing to bring the production to Northern Maryland.”
Check out some images of the Harford Ballet Company Performers Here.
Bonuses: During the party scene in Act I, young guests are invited onstage to sit with Clara and experience Uncle Drosselmeyer’s magic up close. Children are also invited to bring a donation of a new and unopened children’s gift onstage to place under Clara’s tree for the Aegis Empty Stocking Fund. For more than 75 years, the Empty Stocking Fund has been helping to provide a brighter holiday season to underprivileged children throughout Harford County. The Harford Ballet Company is grateful to take part in such a wonderful cause.
Following each performance, the Harford Ballet Company will host the Gala Nutcracker Tea Party*. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy and several other characters from the show in a magical atmosphere similar to the performance. Children will have the opportunity to have photographs taken with the ballet’s characters and receive autographs from their favorite performers. Refreshments will include holiday cookies and treats as well as freshly brewed tea and coffee.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased here.
- You can also call (410) 877-0777 for tickets.
- Ticket prices range from $17 – $23 with advance purchase, and $25 at the door.
- * Tea Party tickets are $7, advance purchases only.
So, whether you’re looking to begin a new family holiday tradition, or just ready for some pure escapist enjoyment, check out this year’s performance of The Nutcracker by the Harford Ballet Company.
As a special bonus – check out a quick video of the Harford Ballet Company’s 2010 performance of The Nutcracker.
Who: Harford Ballet Company
What: The Nutcracker
Where: Patterson Mill High School, 85 Patterson Mill Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015
When: 12/032011 at 6:00 pm, and, and, 12/04/2011 at 1:00 pm
See you at the show!
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- Harford Ballet Company presents the Nutcracker (from 2010)
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(source: Harford Ballet Company)