The Nutcracker

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The Nutcracker

Sun., Nov. 18, 2:00 pm  | Iowa Western Arts Center
Sat., Dec. 8, 2:00 and 7:30 pm  | Orpheum
Sun., Dec. 9, 2:00 pm | Orpheum

Always fresh, lively, and thoroughly entertaining, The Nutcracker returns with the visual splendor and charming story that make it a family favorite. Set to one of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s most  famous works, it transports audiences to the enchanting Land of Snow and the opulent Kingdom of Sweets in a stunning production with a cast of 130 professional and student dancers and more than 250 beautiful costumes.

Clear storytelling and elegant detail help make this Nutcracker a feast for all ages. Even the youngest  ballet-goers will be transfixed as the heroine’s imaginative dreams take her on a fantastic journey.  Experienced dance enthusiasts can savor the production’s brilliant classical style, visual splendor, and  the sparkling interpretations that American Midwest Ballet’s dancers bring to their roles.

The original production of The Nutcracker premiered at the Maryinsky Theater of St. Petersburg,  Russia, in 1892, with choreography by Lev Ivanov and music by Tchaikovsky. The first American  full-length production was by the San Francisco Ballet in 1944.

“Part of the enduring appeal of The Nutcracker is that it tells us something important,” artistic director and choreographer Erika Overturff said. “It reminds us that imagination is powerful and worth cherishing. Ordinarily a nutcracker might be just a kitchen utensil… but there’s something about this Nutcracker that captures a little girl’s imagination and leads her on a wonderful journey.”