Nothing invokes the magic of the holidays like The Nutcracker, and for more than 120 years, Tchaikovsky’s enchanting musical tale of a young girl’s adventure with her handsome Nutcracker Prince has captured the hearts of millions. And just as audiences have been captivated by this time-honored tale for well over a century, the Atlanta Ballet’s adaptation of this beloved story is nothing short of fantastic!
Choreographed by Artistic Director John McFall, and in its 54th staging of this holiday classic, the Atlanta Ballet has masterfully captured the essence of this storied tale and delivered it with renewed fervor to Atlanta theatergoers. Each year the production team adds new elements to the storyline, and true to tradition this year’s production features unexpectedly welcomed surprises courtesy of Drew Thomas, professional illusionist and finalist on America’s Got Talent, who lends his talents to this season’s performance as he takes on the role of the mysterious Drosselmeyer the first two weeks, December 6-15. With singing in Act I’s “Snow Scene” by Georgia Youth Choir, Live music by The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, along with wonderful choreography and stellar performances by the Atlanta Ballet company, the audience is treated to an exhilarating adventure through the magical world of the Nutcracker.
I had the pleasure of attending this magnificent show last year and I must say that it was simply and utterly delightful. From the beautiful set design, to the gorgeous costumes and the graceful dancing, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker conjures up an exciting journey of enchantment from beginning to end. Everything was so nostalgic and colorful; I felt like I’d been transported back in time and into a magical Winter Wonderland as the tapestry of each scene vividly carried the story. The special effects that were incorporated during the performance further added wonderful surprises throughout. For instance, snowflakes unexpectedly fell upon the audience to signify the outdoors scenes, further drawing the audience into the performance. Subtle touches like this were charming and enticed the audience with an anticipation of what additional surprises lay ahead. I can’t wait to see what Master Illusionist Drew Thomas has “up his sleeve” for this years performance. The choreography was simply outstanding as each of the dancers delivered inspired performances resulting in a rousing experience for all.
So whether you’re experiencing the magic for the first time or continuing an annual tradition, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker is a definite must attend event for the entire family.
Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker is presented by Belk and runs from December 6-29 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in the heart of downtown Atlanta.
Get your tickets to this amazing event HERE.
Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker
Choreographed by John McFall
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Live with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra led by principal guest conductor Gary Sheldon
Run time is approximately 2 hours, including a 25-minute intermission.