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Ballet Minnesota -- The Classic Nutcracker (2017)

Friday, Dec 15 - Sunday, Dec 17

Ballet Minnesota’s 30th annual The Classic Nutcracker, returns to the O’Shaugnessy! Come celebrate this annual family holiday tradition!

For novices to the ballet, this holiday story begins on Christmas Eve. We join a young girl, Clara, her mischievous brother, Fritz, and their family hosting a Christmas party. A latecomer to the party is Clara’s mysterious Godfather Drosselmeyer. He presents her with a marvelous gift, a Nutcracker doll.

As Clara goes to sleep that night, we are transported into her dream of the Rat King fighting the Nutcracker and his army of toy soldiers. The Nutcracker Prince escorts Clara through an enchanted snow-covered forest and on to his Kingdom of the Sweets where Clara accepts the throne from the Sugar Plum Fairy.

World renowned ballerina, Dusty Button will make her debut as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ms. Button moved to New York to train at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre. In 2006 she was awarded the Bronze Finalist Medal at the Youth American Grand Prix. She later joined London's Royal Ballet School, in 2008 where she also performed professional roles at the Royal Opera House. She joined the Boston Ballet corps de ballet in 2012, was promoted to soloist in 2013 and principal in 2014.

"Choreographer Andrew Rist's classic interpretation focuses on telling the story through the dramatic flow of the dancing. Notable for its stunning design and energetic performances, this 'Nutcracker' makes the children a vital part of the story." - Pioneer Press

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