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The Nutcracker at Ballet West

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As I was filtering through things still available this Holiday Season I saw that there are still tickets available and performances through Dec. 27 for Ballet West's The Nutcracker. The play is performed at the Capital Theater at 50 West 200 South.

Written in 1844 by Alexandre Dumas and with music later created by Tchaikovsky, the story was adapted from the original classic German story written in 1816,The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The Nutcracker we know today as a holiday tradition wasn't really adopted as such until the New York City Ballet performed a revised choreographed version in 1954.

Utah's own Ballet West has added a couple traditions to it's performances of this classic as well.  But it's not so much about the performance but more about the participation from the audience.

From Ballet West's website is this note about the Christmas Eve performance:
And for those who choose to attend the Christmas Eve performance, Dec 24 at noon, come ready for some subtle Christmas-Eve- only surprises that are sure to sweeten this holiday treat. Every year is a new year for this all-time Utah holiday favorite.

Also unique about these showings is a special blanket and coat drive at each performance that the Artists of Ballet West are hosting. Visit the Ballet West's website for more info and if you know someone that is headed to a performance, feel free to have them donated a blanket or coat on your behalf.