Friday, November 20, 2009

Ballet Philippines celebrates Christmas with The Nutcracker

Ballet Philippines is restaging the ballet favorite The Nutcracker, this time set in the American colonial period.

This much-loved classic follows the adventures of young Marie, who receives a magical present one Christmas Eve--a nutcracker doll from her godfather, the mysterious Conde de Montaña (Drosselmeyer), a toymaker and inventor who, aside from the nutcracker itself, seems to have many more surprises in store for her that night.

Later in the evening, under the Christmas tree where Marie falls asleep after the party, she witnesses a series of fantastic happenings--toys coming to life, a battle between the wicked army of a Mouse King and the valiant toy soldiers, the Nutcracker doll transforming into a handsome prince right before her eyes.

Traveling through a snowstorm to the Kingdom of the Sweets, Marie and the Nutcracker Prince meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, who, impressed by their courage, treats them to a feast of international delights. Marie wakes up the next morning with the Nutcracker by her side, and the memory of the most magical Christmas in her heart.

Ballet Philippines’ 2009 production of the Nutcracker ballet is all about Christmas, both in its essence and its trappings —a tale about young dreams and one’s journey to overcome life’s challenges and discover the magic in one’s self.

Enjoy the magic on Dec. 3 and 6 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Dec. 4 and 5 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Dec. 12 at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the CCP Main Theater Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. The Manila Symphony Orchestra will accompany on special play dates.

For tickets, call Ballet Philippines at 5511003/8326011 or Ticketworld at 8919999.




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