Royal Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ in HD

Dec 10, 2012
London Royal Ballet’s corps de ballet dances through snow in “The Nutcracker.”

Rockland — The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will continue a new season of HD dance programming with the London Royal Ballet’s production of a holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” Sunday, Dec. 23 at 3 p.m.

From the very first notes of Tchaikovsky’s overture to “The Nutcracker,” a sense of mystery and magic prevails as Herr Drosselmeyer (Gary Avis) sets in motion the events that will see his beloved nephew, Hans Peter (Ricardo Cervera), freed from the enchantment of the evil Mouse King by the resourceful Clara (Meaghan Grace Hinkis).

“The Nutcracker” unfolds over two acts. For Act I, it is Christmas Eve and audiences are brought to a party at which Drosselmeyer gives young Clara a nutcracker doll, beginning a night that includes a magically growing Christmas tree, a midnight battle of toy soldiers at which the Nutcracker defeats the villainous Mouse King and his army of mice and a headlong pas de deux in which Clara and Hans Peter meet and celebrate their triumph before being enveloped in a magical snowstorm.

Act II whisks the young pair off to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where they are entertained by the Sugar Plum Fairy (Roberta Marquez) with her handsome Prince (Steven McRae) and her glittering court in a series of dazzling dances. Peter Wright’s classic production, first seen at Covent Garden in 1984, is an essential part of Christmas for audiences of all ages.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The Strand also offers HD broadcasts of the Met Opera Live, NT Live plays and Globe on Screen. For more information and tickets, visit rocklandstrand.com; send email to info@rocklandstrand.com; or call 594-0070, ext. 5.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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