Review – Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

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Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –



There is no better way to kick-off the holiday season then with Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” As a Boston holiday staple for many families, it is the perfect show to start revisiting or creating new holiday memories.


The first act begins at the Stahlbaums’ home, where a Christmas Eve party introduces us to Clara, who is presented a Nutcracker doll as a gift by her eccentric godfather Herr Drosselmeier. When Clara falls asleep, she wakes to the wonderful world of dancing dolls, battling mice, and heroic toy soldiers.

The second act, finds Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in the Land of the Sweets, where the Sugarplum Fairy makes her first appearance.

Since the casting for the Nutcracker is subject to change depending on the performance, the night I attended the lead dancers were all enthusiastic and elegant in their moves.

As for all the company dancers, their delicate steps were performed with bounding vigor as they leaped across the stage with exhilarating freshness. I am always amazed at the crisp technique that is taken in each movement as they dance to the music.

The real gift of the Nutcracker is the music. Tchaikovsky’s score is beautiful and moving.

Let “The Nutcracker” transport you and your family into Clara’s wonderful world of dancing dolls, battling mice, and the Sugarplum Fairy. This truly is a show that you want to make a family tradition!

Run-Time: 2 hours

The Nutcracker is now playing at the Boston Opera House through December 31, 2014. Tickets are now on sale at the Boston Opera House box office, through or by calling 617-695-6955

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