Why you should make the Charlotte Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ part of your holiday tradition

By Lindsay Kosma 

December 2, 2016

The Charlotte Ballet is spicing up the holiday season, performing the Nutcracker at the Belk Theatre from December 3-23. While you likely don’t need too much persuasion to fit this holiday classic into your busy schedule, here are five reasons why you really won’t want to miss it.

Re-designed Set and Costumes

In partnership with a world-renowned design team, the set and costumes have been completely re-imagined for this performance. It will truly be the Nutcracker like you’ve never seen before! This was made possible by the McColl family in honor of Jane Spratt McColl. P.S. There are little touches of Charlotte hidden throughout the set- see if you can spot them!

Original Choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux

The Charlotte Ballet’s President and Artistic Director, Bonnefoux, has infused the classic piece with uniqueness. The Nutcracker is one of five performances that the company, consisting of 28 dancers, will perform this season.

Photo by Kurt Shackelford

Live Music from the Charlotte Symphony

In between their own holiday performances of The Magic of Christmas, which will also be at the Belk Theatre, the Charlotte Symphony will provide accompanying music for the ballet. Not only will your eyes be mesmerized, but also your ears as you listen to the full suite performed live from beginning to end!

Taking in the ballet. #CLTure

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You’re Supporting Your Community

Aside from bringing awesome artistry to Charlotte, the Charlotte Ballet also supports multiple organizations in the community. On Dec 21, they will offer a Sensory Friendly Nutcracker performance in partnership with the Allegro Foundation, a Champion for Children with Disabilities, Autism Speaks and InReach. This special performance allows children, families and adults with specific needs to experience the magic of Nutcracker.

Photo by Kurt Shackelford

An excuse to dress up and hang out Uptown

You need a cultural evening of great food, drinks and entertainment. Check out some of our favorite restaurants and hangouts uptown like The Asbury, Stoke Charlotte, The Cellar at Duckworth’s, Coco and the Director, Dandelion Market, and Amélie’s pre or post show. Make a full day of it and explore exhibits at The Bechtler, Levine Museum of the New South, or Discovery Place!

Photo by Kurt Shackelford

This time of year is filled with traditions, why not make the Nutcracker a part of yours? For more info and showtimes visit the Charlotte Ballet online.

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