It’s not quite the holiday season in Richmond until the Richmond Ballet performs their Christmas masterpiece, The Nutcracker. Throughout the years, The Nutcracker has established itself as the conventional holiday tradition in RVA, and for good reason.
It was a full house at the Carpenter Theater over the weekend. Families filled the festive hallways and the young and old sat in their vibrant red seats anticipating the first tune of a Christmas classic.
The Nutcracker charms your inner child with a magical world filled with sugar plum fairies and an enchanted Christmas tree where toy soldiers and exotic dolls come to life. Richmond ballet brings this winter wonderland dream to life on stage.
Although performed year after year, Richmond Ballet’s props for this production cease to amaze as their story book adventure comes to life before your eyes.
Stoner Winslett, Artistic Director for Richmond Ballet still surprises audiences by reviving their signature holiday hit. This year, The Nutcracker not only included beautiful new costumes, but also debuted a very special addition “Pupcracker.” The SPCA joined Richmond Ballet by celebrating the holiday season with their special guest pups that are up for adoption.
One even made it on the Carpenter Theater stage in the arms of Winslett before the performance welcoming all audience members to meet the others during intermission and hopefully find a new home just in time for Christmas.
Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the ideal experience for any age during the Christmas season. Littles ones are left mesmerized by Clara’s adventure from her family’s Magical Christmas Party to her extraordinary journey through an Enchanted Snow Forest and Kingdom of Sweets.
Richmond Ballet’s captivating dancers will leave you spell bound and filled with laughter by the theatrical battles between Clara’s enchanted toy nutcracker and mice army. From the monumental dream like stage props, to the stunning costumes, out standing music, and excellent dancing, Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker continues to stand as an absolute must for the holiday season, for any age.
Nicole has been dancing since early childhood and can't get enough. You can find her salsa dancing at Havana 59 or tango dancing at the Vmfa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from VCU and strives to keep the arts alive! She loves all things lavender, pugs, and crisp weather.