The Nutcracker

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Since 1974, The Nutcracker has dazzled audiences looking for even more reason to celebrate the season in central Ohio. The 40th annual show doesn't disappoint, running Dec. 8-24.

Don your finest apparel for 40th annual performance at Ohio Theatre


Since 1974, The Nutcracker has dazzled audiences looking for even more reason to celebrate the season in central Ohio. The 40th annual show doesn't disappoint, running Dec. 8-24.Lightbulbs gleamed in the theater’s marquee. A chandelier hung from the sparkly ceiling like a Chinese lantern. Spotlights crisscrossed a wall of ripply curtains.

The stage was set as my family entered the opulent Ohio Theatre in downtown Columbus. My daughter and I were decked out in our finest attire, ready to experience BalletMet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker.

The event gave us just the excuse we wanted to play dress up for the evening. I wore a decades-old bridesmaid’s dress, and my daughter wore her Communion dress that now graced her knees instead of the floor.

Since 1974, The Nutcracker has dazzled audiences looking for even more reason to celebrate the season in central Ohio. The 40th annual show doesn’t disappoint, running Dec. 8-24.

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The Columbus Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s original score from the orchestra pit as professional dancers and students from BalletMet dance their toes off as memorable characters such as Clara, Herr Drosselmeyer, the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince.

Highlights of the 2-hour show include watching the robotic moves of the dancer who plays the doll, admiring the outfits of the Flowers, and trying to figure out how the children spring from Mother Ginger’s skirt.

Learn more about this holiday classic.

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Wendy and Mike Pramik

Wendy and Mike Pramik are writers from Columbus, Ohio. Their favorite topic is travel, and they enjoy sharing stories about the many weekend adventures they take with their two children, Rosie and Max.