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The Nutcracker

Photo by Mike Urban
Photo by Mike Urban

When the clock strikes midnight in the Nutcracker ballet, a world of fantasy and dreams leap onto the stage, with dancing mice and fairies and a mesmerizing parade of delicious sweets and candies. The central characters of the “The Nutcracker” are children, and its story revolves around a little girl’s vivid dream on Christmas Eve, with toys and inanimate objects coming to life to illustrate a timeless tale of good overcoming evil. It’s easy to understand why the nutcracker is a favorite children’s story, and why it’s the most performed ballet in history.

On Saturday, December 7, music director of the Seattle Philharmonic Adam Stern (recognized by many as the voice on the Seattle Ferries), will be giving a special pre-show lecture about his many years of directing Tchaikovsky’s signature musical score to Nutcracker. Titled “Nutcracker Revisited,” Adam will reveal behind-the-scenes insights about this classic composition and share funny anecdotes from his experiences with countless Nutcracker productions. This is an Island holiday tradition that is not to be missed.

Tickets: $12 Member/Student/Senior, $16 General ($15 Saturday Pre-show Reception sold separately), $5 Children’s Matinee.

Friday, December 6, 1 pm - Children’s Matinee (abbreviated and narrated by VAA Director of Dance Christine Juarez)
Friday, December 6, 7 pm - Join us 15 minutes before curtain to enjoy Christmas melodies sung by cast members of “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” directed by Marita Ericksen.
Saturday, December 7, 1 pm - Join us 15 minutes before curtain to enjoy Christmas melodies sung by cast members of “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” directed by Marita Ericksen.
Saturday, December 7, 5:45 pm - Pre-show Reception with Adam Stern
Saturday, December 7, 7 pm
Sunday, December 8, 1 pm - Join us 15 minutes before curtain to enjoy Christmas melodies sung by cast members of “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” directed by Marita Ericksen.

Performed at Open Space for Arts and Community 18870 103rd Ave SW, Vashon, WA