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Nutcracker Tradition Continues

December 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Christmas holiday traditions – assuming you celebrate – are no doubt in full swing. Events like holiday brunches, dinners, and open houses. Getting and/or decorating the tree. Baking and/or making the holiday treats and even Christmas presents.

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Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist Benjamin Griffiths (who plays the prince in this year's 2012 performance) as the holiday hero Nutcracker in the fight scene in 2006. Photo by © Angela Sterling, provided by PNB, and used with permission.

Oh, and attending the the (Kent) Stowell and (Maurice) Sendack Nutcracker at the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB).

Like last year’s Nutcracker – and the year before’s performance, for that matter – your Hedonista attended as a media guest.

And I would like to report that, not much has changed.

Why mess with tradition, eh?

From the slightly scary yet avuncular Herr Drosselmeier (performed by Jeffrey Stanton) to the sweetly innocent and physically poetic Clara (played first by Alejandra Ali Prevost-Reilly, then later on by principal dancer Rachel Foster), all the familiar characters in their technicolor finery are set to pull its audiences into their holiday world once again.

The Stowell and Sendak Nutcracker is, well … pure magic. Not to mention timeless. Children and adults alike just can’t seem to get enough.

Have you seen the Nutcracker this year, dear hedonists?

Even if you haven’t, take comfort in the fact that it runs December 7th through to the 29th, so there is still time to get out and see it, should you be so inclined.

Tickets for this annual production range in price from $25 to $135, with approximately 10% less for children’s tickets. Also, for teens: the December 27th at 5:30 p.m. show costs only $5 (cash only) with the presentation of a Teen Tix badge.

Note: In order to comply with FTC Act 16 C.F.R. 255, Heed the Hedonist would like to disclose that it does receive media “comps” and/or media discounts – but not in exchange for favorable coverage, or for withholding unfavorable coverage, of the given venue/meal/performance/product/service.

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