Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
Come experience the magic of Indiana’s premier Nutcracker tradition and enjoy the stellar dancing of the Indianapolis Ballet in, The Nutcracker at Murat Theatre on Friday, December 10th, 2021. The critics were not kind after the first performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The battle scene was called clumsy, the costumes were described as dull, and the Sugar Plum Fairy was, um, not ballet-like. Even the composer found the premiere “rather boring.” But the music, that wonderful music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, got rave reviews, and it still does. Somewhere along the way, seeing “The Nutcracker” became a must-do holiday tradition, so grab your tickets now.
The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story, "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" written by E.T.A. Hoffman. However, when Marius Petipa decided to choreograph the story into a ballet, it was actually based on a revision by Alexander Dumas, a French author. This version reflects more of what we have come to love as the Nutcracker Ballet.
It’s Christmas Eve and the Stahlbaum family is hosting a grand party. The children, Clara and her little brother Fritz, are celebrating with their parents, family and friends. While the children receive their gifts, Clara’s mysterious Godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, arrives. He astonishes the guests with magic tricks, even bringing mechanical dolls to life!
That night, a war erupts in the family room between an army of toy soldiers led by the nutcracker and some local mice, led by the Mouse King. Clara throws her shoe at the Mouse King, which distracts him from the Nutcracker’s final attack, and as the mourning mice carry their defeated leader, Drosselmeyer transforms the Nutcracker into the Snow King, who introduces the Snow Queen and the Snowflakes to Clara and Drosselmeyer, guiding them through the glittering night sky to the Land of the Sweets.