BalletMet The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition in Columbus, and for the first time since 1974, The Nutcracker won’t be performed in person. Their offering for 2020, “A Nutcracker Holiday” can be enjoyed by all from the comfort of home.
While the show can’t go on at Ohio Theatre, BalletMet has created “A Nutcracker Holiday” that will be free online from December 5 to December 27, and will be a hub of all things Nutcracker.
“A Nutcracker Holiday”
While you won’t enjoy BalletMet The Nutcracker in person, there are videos and activities that will bring you the spirit of The Nutcracker, including excerpts from the show, behind the scene looks, and more. This is a great way to experience the story as a family, and get kids interested in the performance for future years.
A Nutcracker Holiday – Clara’s Nutcracker Prince will feature a teenage Clara dreaming of that night. Her dream will include various production numbers from BalletMet’s Nutcracker.
Dancing With the Nutcracker is geared to younger children. This video will replicate the annual event that welcomes hundreds of kids to BalletMet’s studios to meet the Nutcracker and BalletMet company members and join an interactive story time that includes BalletMet 2 performing excerpts from The Nutcracker.
Re-release of Finding Clara. Justice and BalletMet collaborated on a behind-the-scenes movie following the young dancers cast as The Nutracker’s Clara and their journeys from rehearsals, to auditions, to performances. This is a must-see for any budding ballerinas.
A Scavenger Hunt via the GooseChase app. BalletMet staff have created Nutcracker-based missions that teams complete throughout downtown Columbus. Each week there will be new missions and clues for teams to compete. Winning teams will be entered into a raffle and final winners will be announced Dec. 27.
Coloring sheets Download Nutcracker themed coloring activities for kids.
Favorite holiday recipes. Various BalletMet company members, staff and board members will share their favorite holiday recipes.
Spotify holiday music. A curated list of holiday favorites – including Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – will be available to accompany all your favorite holiday activities at home.
“While we would much prefer performing on stage, I’m so proud of our team for creating these wonderful holiday experiences to enjoy throughout December BalletMet-style,” said Sue Porter, Executive Director of BalletMet. “We’re excited to offer this to the entire Central Ohio community and beyond free of charge. We encourage our fans and supporters to share ‘A Nutcracker Holiday’ on social media and to friends and family far and wide.”
A Nutcracker Holiday will premier online at balletmet.org starting Dec. 5.
About BalletMet The Nutcracker
BalletMet, with live music by Columbus Symphony Orchestra, entertains all ages every year with the magical choreography, costumes, and sets.
The tale of the imaginative Clara, the nutcracker who turns into a prince, the Mouse King and the Sugarplum Fairy, will feature a large cast including BalletMet’s professional dancers from both its companies – BalletMet and BalletMet 2, along with 152 students from the BalletMet Academy. Each performance will have more than 122 characters onstage – including academy students in the roles of pages, party children, mice, and soldiers performing alongside BalletMet’s renowned professionals.
Nutcracker photos via BalletMet
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