Ballet West: Nutcracker at Janet Quinney Laweson Capitol Theatre

nutcracker ballet at capitol theatreThe winter season is just around the corner, and that means spectacular holiday-themed ballet showcases are gracing the grand stage! Ballet West’s outstanding lineup for performances is designed to bring that much-needed holiday spirit combined with breathtaking aural and visual experiences! One such performance that the holiday season shouldn’t go without is The Nutcracker! Ballet West, the home of America’s first The Nutcracker, brings the beloved holiday performance! Taking over the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre from December 8 to 28, 2023, this version of The Nutcracker – which is regarded as America’s first The Nutcracker, features a groundbreaking choreography by the esteemed Willam Christensen! Feast your eyes on the wonderful annual performance that has been enjoyed by thousands of ballet enthusiasts! If you want to experience this true legacy for yourself and your friends and family, you better hurry and secure your tickets through the Get Tickets link now!

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“end-of-the-year holiday season production of any kind!” – Utah Review

“One of the best Nutcrackers I’ve ever seen!” – The New York Times

“The Most Stunning Nutcracker of Them All – The Ballet Herald

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Enjoy an amazing production of The Nutcracker, complete with an all-star cast and an amazing creative team! Ballet West is set to deliver America’s first-ever The Nutcracker with the original choreography by Willam Christensen. Go on a whimsical journey filled with a world of wonders. It is a universe where the yuletide season brings about toy soldiers battling the evil mouse king. Our heroin Clara takes a liking to the Nutcracker, who turns out to be a brave soldier who goes on a daring battle. Clara helps the Nutcracker defeat the mouse king. The Nutcracker then transforms into a handsome prince. He brings Clara across the moonlit forest to the land of the sweets. 

This beloved ballet production by original choreographer Marius Petipa features the amazing music by legendary composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The Nutcracker premiered in 1892 in St. Petersburg, but the full American production didn’t arrive in the U.S. until 1944. Artistic director Willam Christensen staged the full showcase in California and then found its home in Salt Lake City under his company, Ballet West.

Ballet West has earned an impressive reputation for their annual The Nutcracker showcase. The ballet organization, founded by the late choreographer Willam Christensen, had established itself as one of the premier ballet companies in Salt Lake City. Christensen is a ballet pioneer who brought the first full-length American production of The Nutcracker. Since that first-ever performance, Ballet West’s production has been deemed a national treasure by Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox. Indeed, this is a showcase that should be enjoyed by locals and tourists. 

Ballet West’s production brings in a terrific cast, as well as the amazing work of its excellent creative team, including scenic-designed John Wayne Cook, Dick and Belinda Bird, and costume designer David Heuvel. The production just like be the original premier held in Utah in 1955. Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker has garnered incredible reviews over the years. The Principal Dance Critic from the New York Times, Alistair Macaulay, described the production as “One of the best Nutcrackers I’ve ever seen!” Meanwhile, the Salt Lake Tribune described Ballet West’s production as “fast-paced, fresher than ever, and a holiday must-see.”

Moreover, the Utah Review has called Ballet West’s performance “The finest end-of-the-year holiday season production of any kind I have ever seen in Utah and perhaps the entire U.S.” The critic continues, “It lives up to every letter of its promise and billing as America’s first and longest-running production of the Nutcracker.” 

More importantly, since holiday spectacles are best enjoyed with the entire family, many critics have lauded Ballet West production for being “kid-friendly.”  Marlene Hall from the DC Theater Arts mentioned, “The traditional story of the Nutcracker is told, but the interpretation is kid-friendly and a modern-day interpretation involving levity and fun. Audiences appreciatively laugh out loud with the fun and even clap during Mother Buffoon. I highly recommend this show for children and families.”

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“Kid-friendly and fun.” – DC Theater Arts

“Sumptuous and delightful” – The Washington Post

As mentioned by the Washington Post’s critic, Ballet West’s production of The Nutcracker is not just a beautifully danced and designed production. It’s a groundbreaking historic showcase that brought Russia’s top ballet shows to North America. Last year, the production brought in approximately 50,000 spectators from across the country – all visiting Salt Lake City for the experience of witnessing the first Nutcracker. This year, the production remains a treasured gem of the city. Starting December 8th, Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker will make the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre its home until December 28th, 2023. 

Visitors and locals alike will have a grand experience when they see America’s 1st Nutcracker at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre. The theater is the archetype of a state-of-the-art entertainment experience. It is the perfect home for the arts and culture community that has consistently provided its guests with the best entertainment experience. The venue’s top-tier facilities, modern sound and light technology, and great customer service add to attendees’ overall experience. Moreover, the theater is located in the heart of Salt Lake City and can be easily accessed from all parts of the city. Ample parking (within a two-block radius) and great accessibility for all types of audiences complete its capacity to provide attendees with the best experience. 

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Enjoy the holiday’s most groundbreaking and trailblazing production of The Nutcracker in Salt Lake City’s Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre! Ballet West will once again pull out all the stops to deliver ballet enthusiasts a top-notch production just as the 20th-century ballet pioneer Willam Christensen envisioned and executed it during his time. The show, which features an amazing cast and an excellent creative team, runs from December 8 to 28, 2023! It’s the perfect get-together moment for you and your family, in addition to experiencing top-tier entertainment! Hurry and secure tickets to see Ballet West’s The Nutcracker at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre! Tickets are now available through the Get Tickets link!