Watching The Nutcracker is something my family does every December together. It is a tradition started by my mother and carried on into my own motherhood. We can’t get enough of The Nutcracker. Mike loves the music and the kids and I are enchanted by all of it.

This year, tickets Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker are at the top of my wish list. Malone isn’t quite old enough to go, so I don’t think we’ll make the trip into the city. But next year, we are totally getting there.  I’ve taken a look at the photos and they are breathtaking. I can only imagine what it must be like to sit in the audience there! If you’re wondering, make sure you get to the bottom of this post, because I’ve got a flash giveaway happening!

Wondering more about Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker?

Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker_(c) Liza Voll Photography

Photo c/o Boston Ballet (c) Liza Voll Photography

Delighting audiences of all ages with a sense of youthful imagination, Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker returns to the Boston Opera House from November 27–December 31, 2015. Celebrated as “elegant and theatrically striking,” this completely re-imagined production premiered in 2012 and has received praise from audiences and critics alike (Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times). With “sleek, bejeweled costumes and spacious, regal sets” by Robert Perdziola and all-new lighting design by Finnish-based Mikki Kunttu, this timeless holiday classic features the full company of 68 dancers along with more than 200 Boston Ballet School students (Thea Singer, The Boston Globe).


Photo c/o Boston Ballet

“Year after year, this cherished production never fails to inspire audiences—whether they’re seeing it again or sharing it with loved ones for the first time,” says Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. “The Nutcracker is a wonderful way for families to escape the hectic holiday season and cherish time with one another.”
Since its world premiere in 2012, Mikko Nissinen and Robert Perdziola’s re-envisioned production, set in what many know as the Jane Austen era of the early 1800s, has gained record-breaking popularity. With more than 350 handmade costumes and a series of elaborate sets featuring extensive amounts of moving scenery, the production has transformed into a uniquely magical experience for audiences of all ages.

Lia Cirio and Lasha Khozashvili ©Gene Schiavone

Photo c/o Boston Ballet (c) Gene Schiavone

This year’s production features all-new lighting design by award-winning Finnish lighting designer Mikki Kunttu. Kunttu has worked extensively in the area of dance and theatre, collaborating with artists such as Tero Saarinen and Jirí Kylián, and designing for several prestigious dance companies, including the Finnish National Opera Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, and Royal Danish Ballet. In the past, Kunttu has collaborated with Boston Ballet as lighting designer for Marius Petipa’s Sleeping Beauty (2005) and Jorma Elo’s Carmen (2006). Kunttu’s lighting design has brought him international acclaim, including the Bessie Award (2006) and the Venla Diploma of Merit (2010). Praised for his “dramatic” aesthetic, Kunttu brings a fresh, innovative perspective to this classic holiday story (Robert Greskovic, The Wall Street Journal).


“Mikki Kunttu is a rock star lighting designer,” explains Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. “His unique eye will add an even more exciting layer of magic and wonder to the production. I am looking forward to his contributions and happy to see his work again at Boston Ballet.”

The Waltz of the Flowers ©Gene Schiavone

Photo c/o Boston Ballet (c) Gene Schiavone

The Nutcracker includes the full company of 57 dancers, 11 Boston Ballet II dancers, and 217 Boston Ballet School students. The 42-performance run will feature many never-before-seen casts, showcasing the vast talent within the Company, and providing many opportunities for dancers to shine in Soloist and Principal roles. Each performance will be accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s renowned score, performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra, led by Principal Conductor Jonathan McPhee.

Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker is based on the libretto by Alexandre Dumas père titled The Tale of the Nutcracker, which is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The story follows the wondrous journey of young Clara, who receives a nutcracker as a gift at her family’s Christmas Eve party. Later that night, her nutcracker magically transforms into a handsome prince, who leads her through an enchanted forest and on to the Nutcracker Prince’s Kingdom.

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Boston Ballet has gifted me with a family 4 pack of tickets to The Nutcracker for Sunday December 13, 2015 at 1:30 pm. To enter, use the widget below. This is a flash giveaway that will end Wednesday December 9 at 11:59 pm.

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