A Holiday Tradition

Anchorage’s very own production of The Nutcracker with an Alaskan twist, performed to Tchaikovsky's timeless score, is a holiday performance to delight the whole family! Don’t miss out on this beloved classic performed at the Alaska Center for Performing Arts. Enjoy the night by watching an intense battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice, swirling snow, and dancing flowers. Join Marie as her Nutcracker Prince escorts her on a magical journey through an enchanted forest to the Kingdom of the Sweets! Come see the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mouse King, and so much more.

Whether you are seeing the Nutcracker for the first time or again it is guaranteed to delight the whole family. A must see this winter! This fantastic production based on E.T.A Hoffman's story features beautiful sets, as well as, new costumes and props. International guest artists join Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy for this wonderful holiday event.

This holiday season create memories for years to come with the whole family at Anchorage's very own Nutcracker with an Alaskan twist featuring local dancers. 


The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker story told by the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy is based on Alexander Dumas’ revision of the original story written by E.T.A Hoffman. 



The Holiday Party at the Stahlbaum’s home


The Stahlbaum’s and their children, Marie and Franz, are hosting their annual Christmas Eve party at their home. Family and friends have come to decorate the Christmas tree, as well as, enjoy the party. As the giant clock strikes 8:00, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, enters the Stahlbaum’s home. Drosselmeyer brought a special toy for one of the children, a wooden nutcracker that Marie is immediately taken by. After the party ends and Marie is sent to bed, she sneaks back to the Christmas tree to check on her beloved nutcracker. Suddenly, the clock strikes again and mice begin to fill the room as the Christmas tree grows to an enormous height. Marie finds herself in the midst of a battle between an army of soldiers, led by her now life-sized nutcracker, and the mice who are led by the Mouse King. In an effort to save her Nutcracker Prince, Marie throws her slipper at the Mouse King. This distraction leads to the Nutcracker’s victory. 


The Land of the Snow


The Nutcracker Prince takes Marie on a journey to the Land of Snow. The Land of Snow is an enchanting forest, and once they arrive the Snow Queen and her dancing snowflakes welcome them.


Act II

The Kingdom of the Sweets


The Nutcracker Prince escorts Marie to the magical Land of Sweets. Upon arriving at the gates, Marie and her Prince are greeted by angels and introduced to the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. The people of the Land of Sweets entertain Marie and the Nutcracker Princes with a Spanish dance, a Raven, a Snow Dragon, a Russian Trepak, Mother Ginger and her Polinchinelles, and the Dance of the Northern Lights. Before Marie and her Nutcracker leave, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier perform a beautiful pas de deux. Marie and the Nutcracker Prince say good-bye to all of their new friends and Marie’s dream comes to an end. She awakes and finds herself by her Christmas tree with her beloved Nutcracker doll.


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