A suite treat from the Pittsburgh ballet

December 26, 2006|By Mary Carole McCauley | Mary Carole McCauley,Sun reporter

One of the nation's major ballet troupes will be bringing its lavish Nutcracker to Baltimore three times in the next five years, beginning this week.

Granted, the beloved Christmas classic with the score by Tchaikovsky isn't the ideal vehicle in which to see the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at its athletic, lyrical best - or, for that matter, any other troupe. The Nutcracker is all about glitz and spectacle, with comparatively little actual dancing, especially in the first act.

If you go The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday; and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $29-$79. Information: 443-703-2406 or 410-547-7328 or go to france-merrickpac.com.

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