I absolutely love the joy of Christmastime! I think it’s the best as a parent to witness the magic of the season through your child’s eyes. There are so many fun traditions during the month and one of ours is going to watch The Nutcracker. I try to keep everything else simple during this season so that I can spend time with my family enjoying the area’s holiday events. I have taken my oldest daughter to see The Nutcracker since she was 3 years old and it’s wonderful mother/daughter time. This year was our first time at Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker performed by The Washington Ballet and it was an incredible experience!
First of all, the theater is gorgeous! And of course we had to get a photo with the life-sized nutcracker before taking our seats! Parents will be happy to know they serve drinks and even offer some specialty “themed” mixed drinks – there’s one called “The Mouse King”. There are also snacks for purchase – popcorn, candy, soft pretzel sticks, and cotton candy to name a few. And merchandise tables with nutcrackers, snow globes, and ornaments for sale.
This production is unique in that it’s set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Here’s the story:
It’s Christmas Eve in 1882 in a Georgetown mansion. Clara and her family prepare for a holiday celebration. As the guests arrive, Clara’s mysterious godfather, Mr. Drosselmeyer, enters with his handsome young nephew, who greets Clara with a kiss on her hand. Drosselmeyer entertains the guests with a puppet show and dancing dolls and presents Clara with a special gift—a nutcracker. Jealous of his sister’s present, Fritz seizes the nutcracker and breaks it. As the party ends, Clara sadly places the nutcracker under the Christmas tree. Later that night, after everyone has gone to bed, Clara tiptoes downstairs to retrieve her nutcracker. Suddenly, the room fills with scurrying mice. Eventually, Clara falls asleep and begins to dream. When the clock strikes midnight, Drosselmeyer’s magic begins. The Christmas tree grows and a battle ensues between a brigade of toy soldiers led by a life-sized nutcracker against the Rat King and his menacing rats. As the Rat King nears victory, Clara distracts him, enabling the nutcracker to kill him. Suddenly, the nutcracker is turned into a handsome prince. He leads Clara through the enchanted winter to a glorious springtime.
Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel to Springtime, where the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. They are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, her Cavalier and her attendants: butterflies, mushrooms and other woodland creatures. When the Prince tells them how Clara saved his life, the Sugar Plum Fairy summons her subjects to entertain them with wonderful dances—Spanish and Chinese dances, a duet for an Anacostian brave and maiden. Brilliant red cardinals frolic with a Tom Cat; an American frontiersman dances with frontier girls; Mother Barnum dances with her circus clowns; and the waltz of the Cherry Blossoms is led by the Dew Drop Fairy. The celebration comes to a spectacular climax when the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier perform a grand pas de deux. Just before the curtain falls, we see Clara asleep with her nutcracker, marking an end to her magical journey.
I thought the dancers were incredibly talented and the costumes and set were equally impressive. I especially loved watching the littlest dancers and the humor they brought to the performance. The show uses recorded music but I didn’t think that took away from the grandeur of the production. The show was definitely magical and one that I will take my daughters to for years to come!
Here are the remaining performance dates and times at the Warner Theatre:
- Friday, December 9, 2016 – 7:00pm
- Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 2:00pm
- Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 7:00pm
- Sunday, December 11, 2016 – 1:00pm
- Sunday, December 11, 2016 – 5:30pm
- Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – 7:00pm
- Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – 7:00pm
- Thursday, December 15, 2016 – 7:00pm
- Friday, December 16, 2016 – 7:00pm
- Saturday, December 17, 2016 – 2:00pm
- Saturday, December 17, 2016 – 7:00pm
- Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 1:00pm
- Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 5:30pm
- Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – 7:00pm
- Wednesday, December 21, 2016 – 7:00pm
- Thursday, December 22, 2016 – 2:00pm
- Thursday, December 22, 2016 – 7:00pm
- Friday, December 23, 2016 – 2:00pm
- Friday, December 23, 2016 – 7:00pm
- Saturday, December 24, 2016 – 11:00am
- Saturday, December 24, 2016 – 3:30pm
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