Ballet dances classic

By Kelsie Leggett - Staff Reporter

The Tacoma City Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker & The Tale of the Hard Nut at the Performing Arts and Events Center.

Unlike most re-tellings, this will not be a stand-alone story. The Nutcracker f lows hand-in- hand with The Tale of the Hard Nut, making this an uncom- mon showing.

They've been preparing for this performance since October said Erin Ceragioli, the execu- tive and artistic director of the Tacoma City Ballet.

About 200 people are in- volved in the cast, said Ceragi- oli.

The Nutcracker is an icon- ic part of the holiday season. Through many cultures and across the world people come together to experience the mag- ic that this tale promises.

The classic ballet by Tchaikovsky was first performed in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

"It carries the same scenery and costumes from the original

Russian Nutcracker," said Cer- agioli.

"The performance includes the Prequel and The Tale of the Hard Nut," she said.

The Tale of the Hard Nut is not commonly put along with The Nutcracker, however it real- ly explains The Nutcracker story itself.

It would have been per- formed alongside The Nut- cracker, had Tchaikovsky lived to write another score, said Cer- agioli.

"It's really the story within the story that tells why there's a Nutcracker," said Ceragioli.

The tale is in E.T.A. Hoff- man's book, The Tale of The Mouse King.

It's a prelude that explains The Nutcracker as we ordinarily know it, said Ceragioli.

Tickets range from $25 to $95. The performance is Dec. 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23 at 2:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

It's held at the Federal Way Performing Arts Center, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way South.

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