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Crack Open the Holidays With The Huntsville Ballet

Crack Open the Holidays With The Huntsville Ballet

Updated for 2017

I’ve seen at least ten different versions of The Nutcracker in my lifetime, but my favorite will always be when I was eleven years old and watching Huntsville Ballet’s Loyd Tygett literally fly through the air as the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer. The late Mr. Tygett now has a special place in Huntsville’s history of The Arts, and I’m sure I’m not the only little-girl-turned-grownup that remembers the spell he cast onstage.

The regal loveliness of the Sugar Plum Fairy!
The adorable energy of the Chinese dancers!
Mother Ginger and her giant ball gown!
The music, the culture, the costumes!
The evil Rat King!
How can you NOT take your kids to experience this Huntsville holiday staple?

The Mouse Army attacks – with real cannon explosions!

Huntsville Ballet’s production this year not only performs Tchaikovsky’s timeless piece with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, but also partners with the ethereal voices of Ars Nova. You’re getting two performances in one, both worth their weight in gold.

What little girl doesn’t want to fly away in a walnut shell?


Updated for 2017

Dates/Times: Dec. 8, 7:30PM; Dec. 9, 2PM and 7:30PM; Dec. 11, 1PM
Location: VBC’s Mark C. Smith Concert Hall (map)
Cost: Tickets $29-$39
More Info: | (256) 539-0961

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View Comments (37)
    • They won’t be disappointed. There will be some cool new magic this year and spectacular dancing!

  • I always wanted to be Clara. It would be so fun to take my daughter to see this for her birthday!

  • I love how the Nutcracker has a little something for everyone — soldiers fighting, fairies gliding, Drosselmeyer playing tricks, children playing, and, of course, a lovely heroine exploring worlds of fantasy. My favorite depends on the production, but there’s no shortage of interesting characters for girls and boys of all ages.

  • I’ve never seen it before except on the tv in cartoon version. And i would like to experience the ballet performance since i’ve always wanted to be a ballerina!!

  • I’ve seen the Nutcracker once, when I was a child, and I dont recall their names, but I believe shes the sugar plum fairy! It was such a breathtaking performance, would love to see the Nutcracker again!

  • I was a daisy in the nutcracker years ago! Great production! My kids are just getting old enough to go and appreciate seeing it.

  • I don’t really have a favorite character but would love to take my girls to see it since they both love pretending to be ballerinas!

  • I have the fondest memories from when I was in elementary school. We would go on a field trip to see the Nutcracker, and I always looked forward to it. My favorite part was always the lady with the huge dress, when all the dancers came out from underneath.

    It would really be awesome to take my son to see the Nutcracker. I think he would love the music and dancers :D.

  • I haven’t seen this since I was in elementary school. Even though this guy was not a good guy in the ballet, as a kid my eyes always were drawn to him, the Mouse King. Of course you had to always relate to Clara as a young kid watching it.

  • One of my earliest Christmas memories is going to see the Nutcracker with my mother. I would love to take my daughter!

  • I’ve never seen the nutcracker before. I want to experience it for the first time with my daughter who I’m sure will be in awe through the entire show.

  • I hope my children will enjoy the nutcracker as much as I did when I was a child

  • I don’t remember the character’s names, but enjoyed seeing it a long time ago when I was first married.

  • This is one of the best traditions of the season! I would love to see it live. My favorite character is the lady with all the children under her skirt.

  • I would abslutely love to take my girls to see The Nutcracker! This is one I have always wanted to see!

  • Sounds amazing. I’ve never been to an entire ballet. I love the opera so I think a ballet would be wonderful as well.

  • I would love the opportunity to take my daughter to see The Nutcracker. She has fallen in love with the story line (thanks to the Barbie Nutcracker). And she is a little dancer since the age of 2! Ballet is one of her favorite and I think she would really enjoy this! And would make a great Mother daughter date night!

  • I have never seen this production. I would love to go and see what it is all about. Have always wanted to go!!

  • Have wanted to take my girls for a couple years now, but just don’t have the money. Would love to win the tickets!

    • Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre will be presenting Nutcracker at Lee High School’s Lyric Theater Dec. 6-8. It is the traditional Nutcracker that Keren Gibb and I have put together with much of it being Mr. Tygett’s choreography. Our ticket prices about half the price at only $16 and $12 for students/seniors and military.

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