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George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

| November 3, 2011 | Calendar National

A Nutcracker doll will come alive, a Sugar Plum Fairy will dance, snowflakes will fall and smiles from children of all ages will rain down as Miami City Ballet, Florida’s Internationally Acclaimed Company under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella, presents its enchanting holiday production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Adrienne Arsht Center - Ziff Ballet Opera House - December 15 through 18 in Miami. Students from Miami-Dade and Broward counties, enrolled in the prestigious Miami City Ballet School, will perform in the production along with the Company’s internationally-acclaimed dancers.

Based on the story The Nutcracker and The Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is a captivating tale of a little girl’s Christmas Eve dream about a handsome prince, a mouse king, toy soldiers and dancers from faraway lands set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky, brought to life by a cast of more than 100 dancers and children. Nothing short of a Broadway spectacular, the production features glorious sets, lavish costumes like the ones worn by the Arabian and Chinese dancers, magical special effects, such as a Christmas tree that soars from twelve to thirty feet tall, and fanciful choreography that takes the spectator on a magical journey to the Land of Sweets.

With its sumptuous d├ęcor and dazzling character dance numbers, Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is a must-see holiday extravaganza for everyone young and old: children, parents and grandparents!

Performance Schedule and Information:

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ziff Ballet Opera House

  • Thursday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 18 at 1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Tickets range in price from $20 to $68 and available online at, at the MCB box office by phone at (305) 929-7010 or toll-free at (877) 929-7010 or in person: 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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