December 14, 2011
"The Nutcracker" has become a treasured entertainment tradition of the Christmas season, and again this year a most enchanting version can be found in Annapolis at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. At the Ballet Theatre of Maryland's opening performance, artistic director Dianna Cuatto briefly traced the history of this holiday favorite. Composed by Peter Tchaikovsky and choreographed by Marius Petipa, "The Nutcracker" originally received a cool reception at its Russian premiere in December 1892.
December 13, 2011
Here's something Howard County can brag about: It hosts the state's only "Nutcracker" holiday extravaganza on ice, perhaps even on the entire East Coast. Presented each year by the Columbia Figure Skating Club , it's a pretty cool show in more ways than one. Dozens of darling little skaters share the ice stage with some real pros, making this a must-see family outing for all "Nutcracker" fans. My family wouldn't ream of missing a production. I actually prefer the Sunday-before final dress rehearsal.
November 18, 2004
Baltimore will get a welcome addition to this year's slate of holiday celebrations with the world premiere of a new Nutcracker at the Hippodrome. This Nutcracker, which will draw on American history, was choreographed by Septime Webre, artistic director of the Washington Ballet. It will be at the Hippodrome for seven performances Dec. 2-5. Webre's version will be set in a Washington mansion in 1882. In Clara's dream, the Nutcracker will resemble George Washington, and the Rat King may call to mind England's King George III. The great battle between the rats and the toys, of course, will feature Redcoats and the ragtag Continental Army.
December 2, 1993
The Moscow Ballet opened its six-day run of "The Nutcracker" Tuesday evening at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre to an audience primed to see a truly Russian performance. While the audience was not disappointed with the flourish of talent (both Russian and local), the production values were less than glorious and at several points were almost ludicrous.Although newly choreographed by one-time Bolshoi star Stanislav Vlasov, this production felt well-worn. Mr. Vlasov's inspiration was the 1934 Kirov's "Nutcracker," and the costumes and wigs looked as if they had been left in a closet since that production.
December 14, 2008
The South Laurel Recreation Council will present Nutcracker Fantasy from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Deerfield Run Community Center, 3000 Laurel-Bowie Road. The free presentation by the Bob Brown Puppets will be followed by a visit from Santa and friends. Participants are invited to take a camera. The council will also continue conducting Holiday Workshops through Saturday at the Montpelier Carriage House and the Deerfield Run Community Center, Route 197, Laurel. Information: 301-776-2805.
December 6, 1990
THE MARYLAND BALLET performs the holiday classic 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday in Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College. The performance schedule will be repeated Dec. 15 and 16. Tickets are $18 for the matinee performances and $20 for evening performances. Students and seniors have a $2 discount, and tickets for children younger than 12 are $9. Group rates are available. Call 576-2400.As part of its Winter Celebration, the Baltimore School for the Arts presents "The Nutcracker" Dec. 14, Dec. 15 and Dec. 16. The performances take place in the Schaefer Ballroom at the School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St. Call 396-1185 for tickets and times.