This is the most lavish local presentation, with Ian Falconer’s elegant storybook sets and costumes, and a charming video prologue to set the scene.

 

This production follows the traditional Russian choreography by Vera Altunina, a custom going back to Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, the choreographers of the 1892 premiere.

 

Guest artists from Pacific Northwest Ballet and beyond enhance the cast of this Nutcracker, in addition, of course, to a bevy of Emerald Ballet Academy students.

 

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This production is presented in two formats: the full two-hour version and a special one-hour for the youngest audiences—which includes photo ops with the cast!

 

To mark the ballet’s anniversary, this company has new sets by Seattle Opera set designer Phillip Lienau, which it’s taking on the road to two venues.

 

 

The Nutcracker & The Tale of the Hard Nut adds some backstory to the traditional plot: How did the Prince become a nutcracker in the first place? 

 

Boost your elf-esteem with this musical version of the 2003 cult movie, in which a human baby, accidentally raised as one of Santa’s helpers, returns to New York City as a grown-up to spread holiday cheer throughout a cynical town that sorely need

The Café Nordo production, from the macabre mind of Scot Augustson, sets “whimsical, heartwarming murders” among the holiday shoppers in a department store. 

 

The yuletide is indeed bright and gay in this riotous burlesque romp celebrating 10 years this season. The show features Waxie Moon, Cherdonna and many of the city’s brightest acts of the cabaret stage. 

 

To her usual stage shows—promising “ludicrous song, horrifying stories and overburdened costumes”— this entertaineress’s Christmas wingding adds audience gifts, holiday pathos and award-winning composer Chris Jeffries at the keyboard.