With the holiday season upon us, take some time out from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a live performance of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker, right here in Queens. If this hasn’t become one of your family traditions yet, now’s the time to start because Queens Mamas has rounded up the best local performances.
So, get ready to be enchanted and delighted by the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince set to Tchaikovsky’s score, with dazzling costumes and dancing. Best of all, the family-friendly prices will make your dreams of sugar-plum fairies a reality.
Brighton Ballet Theater and the School of Russian American Ballet bring their unique version of The Nutcracker to Queens College. This special performance by dancers trained in the Russian Method features both full acts of the original ballet, but varies by presenting dances that represent the cultural diversity of New York. Perfect for a Queens audience of all ages, this family friendly show culminates in the Land of Freedom rather than the Land of Sweets.
When: Sunday, December 18th at 3pm
Where: Colden Auditorium, Kupferberg Performing Arts Center at Queens College
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
$18 for adults, $12 children 12 and under (does not include $1 online ticket surcharge)
Purchase tickets online.
Ballet for Young Audiences is a non-profit company of professional dancers whose focus has been to bring the joy of dance to children of all ages. Their one hour long production of The Nutcracker is narrated, making it perfect for even the littlest audience members.
When: Saturday, December 10th at 1pm and 3pm
44-02 23rd Street (enter through gate, toward glass windows), Long Island City
$15 for adults, $10 for children age 15 and under
For tickets call (718) 781-1169
When: Sunday, December 11th at 1:30pm and 4pm
137-35 Northern Blvd. (corner of Linden Place), Flushing
$16 for adults, $12 for children; Members pay $12, Children of members pay $10 ($2 discount for Holiday House Tour ticket holders)
Purchase tickets online or call the Box Office at (718) 463-7700, ext 222
When: Saturday, December 17th at 3pm
Where: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thompson Avenue (between 31st and Van Dam Streets), Long Island City
$12 for all seats (special appearance by Santa and a treat bag for all children in attendance)
Purchase tickets online, in person at the Box Office or call (718) 482-5151 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
By Vivian Cardinale