FLINT — The Nutcracker, the magical holiday ballet, will delight audiences in three performances — at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 3, and at 3 p.m., Dec. 4, at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley St. in Flint.
This year marks 36 years of the Flint Institute of Music’s presenting of this historical ballet to the greater Flint community.The Nutcracker performances are under the artistic direction of Karen Mills Jennings, and the Flint Symphony Orchestra will be led by guest conductor, David Mairs.
Jennings said, “It is always exciting to see the growth of new Nutcracker families as they watch the evolution of the production each year and become a veteran. The dancers and their families are embraced by the Nutcracker community and have a wonderful experience to last a life time.”
The Nutcracker is an enchanting ballet set to the music of Tchaikovsky. The evil Mouse King has transformed Herr Drosselmeyer’s nephew into a nutcracker doll in revenge for the mousetrap Drosselmeyer built, which killed nearly all the mice in the land.
The spell can only be broken when someone loves the nutcracker doll in spite of his appearance and when the evil Mouse King is killed. At a holiday party at the Stahlbaum’s, the story unfolds in an exciting battle between the Mouse King and the nutcracker.
Finally, the spell is broken with the help of Drosselmeyer’s godchild, Clara, a young girl who comes to love the nutcracker doll.
In the last half of this captivating story, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince are transported to the Kingdom of Sweets for an enchanting display of the Sugar Plum Fairy’s court.
Tickets for these performances are available online or by calling The Whiting Ticket Center at 810-237-7333 or 1-888- 8CENTER. They range from $9 to $31, with a $2 student/senior discount. Group rates are available by calling 810.237.3122 or 1-800-395-4849 ext. 4. — G.G.