Ballet Idaho Presents The Nutcracker 

Runs through Sunday, Dec. 22

Distilled to its pure essence, the holiday season is about splendor. Thick blankets of snow envelop every outdoor surface, while inside, gleaming lights, crackling fires and towering, bedecked trees dazzle children as they shake the wrapped presents in anticipation of Christmas morning.

But what if beneath that veneer there were some hidden conflict--if, in those hours when "nothing was stirring, not even a mouse," a whole mouse army drilled in preparation for battle?

That's the premise of The Nutcracker, the ballet with the iconic score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

For the uninitiated, The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a young girl whose toy nutcracker is broken by her twerp of a brother. When she falls asleep by the Christmas tree, a battle between gingerbread men and a legion of mice under the command of the evil Mouse King is under way, and Clara's wounded Nutcracker must save the day.

Ballet Idaho carries on its tradition of staging this Christmas favorite with choreography by Artistic Director Peter Anastos and costumes by A. Christina Giannini--a combination to ignite the imaginations of children and parents alike.

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