December 14, 1990 |
The Pennsylvania Ballet's annual holiday spectacle, "The Nutcracker," opens tonight at the Academy of Music for 31 performances - the most ever here - and continues through Jan. 6. The holiday treat has become a Philadelphia tradition. Tickets: $10-$60. Information: 893-1999.
November 28, 1986 |
"Nutcracker: The Motion Picture," a film version of Tchaikovsky's ballet starring Hugh Bigney, Vanessa Sharp, Patricia Barker and Wade Walthall. Directed by Carroll Ballard. Conceived by Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak. Choreographed by Kent Stowell. Running time: 90 minutes. An Atlantic release. At area theaters. In the final analysis, Nutcracker: The Question is more a matter of consumer strategy than esthetic merit. Nutcracker: The Question is, Should you take your kids to "Nutcracker: The Motion Picture," playing at local theaters, or "The Nutcracker: The Ballet," playing (from Dec. 17 to Dec. 31)
December 3, 2006 |
What it is: What would the holiday season be without the timeless classic? The Narberth-based Pages to Pirouettes will perform the Tchaikovsky ballet Saturday at St. Asaph's Church in Bala Cynwyd. Storyline: Young Marie gets a special present - a toy nutcracker - at her family's holiday party. That night, she dreams of a journey to the Land of the Sweets, where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and an Arabian princess. Background: The nonprofit Pages to Pirouettes is in its 11th year.
January 11, 2005 |
Attendance for the Pennsylvania Ballet's production of The Nutcracker once again slipped ever so slightly this season. Though houses at the Academy of Music ran at 70 percent sold (counting only unobstructed-view seats), the same as last year, the number of performances was down by three, and Nutcracker income crucial to the company fell by about 4 percent. Last month, the ballet performed its Tchaikovsky-Balanchine classic 25 times, generating revenue of $1,940,000, down from last year's $2,015,070.
November 26, 1989 |
Mice, snowflakes, dewdrops and the Sugar Plum Fairy will be taking center stage in Glassboro Friday, as Ballet South presents its fifth annual production of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, The Nutcracker, in Wilson Concert Hall at Glassboro State College. The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, who receives a nutcracker doll for Christmas. Through the wizardy of the magician Drosselmeyer, the nutcracker is transformed into a real prince, who takes Clara on a journey through magical lands and introduces her to the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow King and other characters.
December 9, 2015
The long: Most elegant of Christmas cultural traditions has a score by Tchaikovsky, choreography by Balanchine, libretto by Hoffmann, music by the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, "aaaahing" by the Boys Choir, dancing by the Pennsylvania Ballet, and setting in the magical Academy of Music. The short: Plus, kids love it. The demo: If they can sit still for a couple hours, they're good to go. Act I: Sibling pair await guests, including toy-making uncle, for fancy Christmas Eve house party.
December 4, 1996 |
And there shall be lights tonight at the Academy of Music, as Mayor Rendell lights the music hall's Christmas tree. Assisting in the 4 p.m. festivities will be cast members of the Pennsylvania Ballet's "Nutcracker. " Performances of the holiday extravaganza "Nutcracker," which opens at the Academy on Saturday, are being sponsored by The Inquirer and Daily News.
December 14, 1986 |
Most children their age are occupied with the anticipation of Santa and presents. But three Main Line girls who will perform The Nutcracker with the Pennsylvania Ballet this month have steps and measured counts, instead of sugarplums, dancing in their heads. The traditional holiday ballet, based on a story by E. T. A. Hoffmann with music by Tchaikovsky, is performed annually by the ballet company at the Academy of Music. This year, as usual, more than 100 children from the Pennsylvania Ballet School will dance in the production.
November 16, 1990 |
The rooms of seven historic mansions in Fairmount Park will be decked out with scenes from that classic chestnut The Nutcracker during this year's holiday open house. Visitors to the mansions will see "Clara's Dream," the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," "The Waltz of the Flowers" and four other Nutcracker scenes as interpreted by area garden clubs. Daytime tours will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Nov. 30 through Dec. 9. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, and are available at any of the houses, the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, sponsor of the annual event.
December 16, 2015 |
A ham is born, and a new level of excitement continues, at Pennsylvania Ballet. First, about that ham. Friday's opening-night cast of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker included 8-year-old Rowan Duffy as Fritz, the troublemaking little brother. Already a promising dancer, he was the picture of petulance when scolded for yet another round of mischief-making. Duffy was far from the only standout. The level of dancing and acting has clearly risen companywide at the ballet, as has the caliber of young students recruited to fill the enormous number of roles Nutcracker requires.