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THE NUTCRACKER

Thursday, December 15th at 7 p.m.

Friday, December 16th at 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 17th at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 18th at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Sponsored in part by Karen, Ken & Zoe Conley

The holiday favorite The Nutcracker returns to Playhouse Square's Connor Palace! With only seven performances of this magical production, Cleveland Ballet promises to enchant and inspire all audiences.

A production suitable to audiences of all ages, this production is Cleveland's very own and is one not to be missed. The ballet in two acts is based on the original story of E.T.A. Hoffman with music composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The fascination of Tchaikovsky's score and the suitability of the theme for Christmas entertainment has inspired many choreographers including Cleveland Ballet's own Artistic Director Gladisa Guadalupe who has created a version with a twist!

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PRINCIPAL CASTING

Caroline

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Marla Aleyda

Dec. 15th at 7 p.m.

Dec. 17th at 7 p.m.

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Katharine Cowan

Dec. 16th at 1 a.m.

Dec. 17th at 1 p.m.

Dec. 18th at 1 p.m.

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Kaela Ku

Dec. 16th at 7 p.m.

Dec. 18th at 7 p.m.

The Nutcracker Prince

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Bruno Palheta

Dec. 15th at 7 p.m.

Dec. 17th at 7 p.m.

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Emanuel Tavares

Dec. 16th at 1 a.m.

Dec. 17th at 1 p.m.

Dec. 18th at 1 p.m.

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Vadim Slatvitskii

Dec. 16th at 7 p.m.

Dec. 18th at 7 p.m.

The Queen

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Albina Ghazaryan

Dec. 15th at 7 p.m.

Dec. 18th at 7 p.m.

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Marla Aleyda

Dec. 16th at 11 a.m.

Dec. 18th at 1 p.m.

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Sydney Henson

Dec. 16th at 7 p.m.

Dec. 17th at 7 p.m.

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Kaela Ku

Dec. 17th at 1 p.m.

The King

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Narek Martirosyan

Dec. 15th at 7 p.m.

Dec. 18th at 7 p.m.

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Bruno Palheta

Dec. 16th at 11 a.m.

Dec. 18th at 1 p.m.

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Zachary Catazaro

Dec. 16th at 7 p.m.

Dec. 17th at 7 p.m.

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Vadim Slatvitskii

Dec. 17th at 1 p.m.

The Nutcracker Tea Party

Get in the spirit of the holiday magic and prepare for the performance by joining Cleveland Ballet for their very special Nutcracker Tea Party! With holiday-themed crafts, a Nutcracker choreography demonstration, raffles for never-before-seen prizes, early access to the boutique and concessions, and even an exclusive photo opportunity with a Cleveland Ballet ballerina with a keepsake to take home, it's certainly a must for youth and adult alike!

All attendees MUST have a ticket to The Nutcracker on Sunday, December 18th at 7 p.m. to attend The Nutcracker Tea Party.

CREDITS

CHOREOGRAPHY

Gladisa Guadalupe

MUSIC

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

STORY

E.T.A. Hoffmann

SET DESIGN

Jeff McLaughlin

LIGHTING DESIGN

Dennis Dugan

COSTUME

Cleveland Ballet Costume Shop

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SYNOPSIS

On a snowy and very cold winter evening, a skillful toy maker and his apprentice are putting together the finishing touches on the gifts they will bring to the annual holiday party of the Grimaldi family. The unique, mystical and rare presents will bring illusion, fantasy and imagination to children and adults.

On Christmas Eve, the Grimaldi family's living room is alive with activity as everyone prepares for the festivities. The nanny, Antonia, keeps a watchful eye over the children. Caroline and Albert, as they finish decorating the tree. Once the decorations are put in place, everyone gathers in the parlor to greet their guests. Startled by a noise, Caroline looks toward the fireplace and sees a mouse running through the parlor. Quickly, she runs to join the others in welcoming their guests.

As the evening progresses, Caroline and Albert's godfather, Drosselmeyer, suddenly appears. A skillful toymaker, Drosselmeyer has brought hand-made gifts for everyone there. One gift in particular made especially for the Grimaldi home is a Nutcracker doll dressed as an attractive soldier. Drosselmeyer's apprentice has grown into a very handsome young man, gaining the attention of all of the young girls, especially Caroline.

As the evening grows late, guests begin leaving and the Grimaldi family retires during a winter's snowy night. Curious Caroline returns to the parlor to get the beautiful Nutcracker doll and her lovely dress. Tired, she falls asleep on the couch and slips into a nightmare: as the family's Christmas tree grows, the parlor fills with mice led by a Mouse King, while toy soldiers spring to life, with Caroline's beloved Nutcracker doll as their leader. Caroline quickly realizes that the Nutcracker is in danger and decides to take charge, injuring the Mouse King.

Caroline faints, and her dream takes a new direction. She meets the wooden doll that is now a Prince. They travel to the Land of Snow, where they are welcomed by dancing snowflakes. Floating angels lead the way as Caroline and the Prince embark on a journey to magical lands.

SEATING CHARTS

Please note that these charts are for informational purposes only. These do not reflect seat availability in Connor Palace, please visit Playhouse Square's website for the most up to date seating availability.

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