Thursday, December 20, 2018

A Colorado Nutcracker gives a classic tale a Colorado twist

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click to enlarge A Colorado Nutcracker, Dec. 22, 2 and 7 p.m.; and Dec. 23, 1 and 5 p.m.; Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $19.50-$48.50, pikespeakcenter.com. - TED MEHL OF A BETTER IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • A Colorado Nutcracker, Dec. 22, 2 and 7 p.m.; and Dec. 23, 1 and 5 p.m.; Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $19.50-$48.50, pikespeakcenter.com.
It takes a special artistic flair to transform traditions — especially those best-loved during the holidays — into something a little different, while maintaining respect for where it came from. Everyone and their kid knows the story of The Nutcracker, how a little girl’s toy nutcracker comes to life, battles a mouse king and takes her on a dreamy holiday adventure. But A Colorado Nutcracker is a special invention of the Colorado Ballet Society, and takes place in 19th-century Colorado. The show includes characters from our state’s history, like Colorado Springs’ founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer and inventor Nikola Tesla. This year’s production features more than 170 dancers from the Colorado Ballet Society and the Colorado Youth Ballet, 60 musicians with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and vocalists of the Colorado Springs Chorale. Ballet Society founder and director Patricia Hoffman says: “We are pleased that this beloved ballet features both the unique heritage of the Front Range region and showcases local talent. This production celebrates both our roots and our future as a community.”

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