The Nutcracker 

"The children were nestled, all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads ..." Oh wait. Wrong Christmas story. But there's a good chance that visions of sugarplum fairies will be dancing through your memories for some time after taking in the scenery, music and performances of Ballet Idaho's The Nutcracker.

Tchaikovsky's music alongside the dancers' plies and pirouettes tell the story of Clara and her fantastical adventures. Christmas trees magically grow, the Nutcracker turns into a prince, the Mouse King comes to life, and the Snow King and Queen lead dancing snowflakes as it snows on stage. In the Land of the Sweets, the Dewdrop and Sugarplum Fairies get their chance to lead the Waltz of the Flowers and a finale for the Sweets who dance to entertain their young visitor.

Artistic director and choreographer Peter Anastos directs 24 company dancers and 125 children from the Treasure Valley in Ballet Idaho's biggest production of the year. A. Christina Giannini designed the original scenery and costumes. Her resume includes the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Broadway and more. It's no small feat (pardon the pun) to produce a show like The Nutcracker, and in Boise it's become a beloved holiday tradition.

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