Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents The Nutcracker

Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences‘Tis the season for “The Nutcracker”! If you have put off taking your kids to see a Nutcracker performance because you were worried they wouldn’t understand the story as a ballet or couldn’t sit for two hours put your worries aside. This is the year to take your littlest one to experience the magic of the Nutcracker re-imagined as only the Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences could do it.

This Nutcracker is a musical twist on the classical tale that still has all the magic, some of the dancing and the most memorable bits of music from the original ballet.  If you’re not familiar with the story of the Nutcracker it’s a holiday story about a girl, Marie, and her unusual Christmas gift of a nutcracker. When Marie falls asleep under the Christmas tree she awakens into a dream where the Nutcracker and other toys have come to life, including an evil Mouse King. The story follows the Nutcracker, Toy Solider, and Clara, Marie’s beloved doll, as they race through magical lands to get the Nutcracker’s crown back form the Evil Rat King and to get to the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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The Nutcracker – Sam Rogers, Lauren Blane, Dara Cameron, Devin DeSantis

I took my two girls, ages 6 and 2. My six year old is a veteran of Marriott shows and loves the theatre. This was the first show for my 2 year old that she has memories of, I took her to Cinderella when she was 18 months and still could be quieted with a pacifier.

As expected my six year old loved the show. My two year old sat through it but was cautious throughout the whole things.  The rat characters seemed to concern her, as did the running up and down the aisles. {If you are not familiar with the Marriott Theatre, it’s in the round and actors enter the stage area through the audience}. She was also easily distracted  and  focused on the large TV screens that are around the stage which I don’t remember being such a large part of previous shows. While I understand the reason they were used – to better illustrate to kids the different lands the characters traveled through (sweets, toys, snow) I am kind of a theatre purist and would have preferred the effects being done with lights and sounds.

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Photo credit: Peter Coombs and the Marriott Theatre, The Nutcracker – Norm Boucher, George Keating, Stephen Schellhardt

Overall it’s a great adaptation and I loved how some of the famous dances were kept in and highlighted. My girls have been dancing all over the house to the “graham cracker”, as my two year old calls it. It’s a great performance to introduce young children tot he story and magic of the Nutcracker. I wish my eight year old boy would have come with us because he would have loved the goofy antics of the Rat King and his friends. This is a great holiday musical that is perfect for all ages and celebrates friendship and the beauty of the holiday spirit. The tale is enhanced by a score that includes the music of Tchaikovsky along with new additional misc and lyrics by Marc Robin.

The Nutcracker runs most Tuesdays through Sunday at 10 a.m. with certain performances at 12:30 p.m. Visit The Marriott Theatre website or call the box office for exact show times. Single ticket prices are $15 per person with free parking.

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Disclosure: My family and I received tickets to the media opening of this show in order to provide this review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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