Nutcracker’ again returns to Teatro Nacional stage

Teatro Nacional will present “The Nutcracker” again this year beginning Thursday. The ballet based on the Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky’s 1892 composition. The show here is called in Spanish “Cascanueces.”

“The Nutcracker Costa Rica is an artistic event that repeats every year for the celebration of Christmas, with a cultural impact and wide participation of young adults, children professionals and students advanced in ballet and dance,” said the theater.

The production mixes ballet with a fantasy story of a young girl who dreams of living and fighting evil with her nutcracker toy which in the alternate world is a prince.

The stars of the re-enactment include dancers of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet. This school is a pre-professional division of the American Ballet Theatre in New York for children ages four to 12.

Patricia Carreras and María Amalia Pendones choreographed and directed the show. Danzay, a school of classical Russian ballet, and the Foundation of Classical Ballet is responsible for all the production work.

The Nutcracker will play Thursday, Friday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Dec. 7 at 8 p.m., Dec. 8 at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. All shows are in the Sala Principal at the Teatro Nacional.

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