Take the Kids blog: "The Nutcracker"The Minnesota Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" Friday through Sunday.
By: Beverly Godfrey, Duluth News Tribune
The Minnesota Ballet’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” is as easy to understand as it is traditional. It’s an excellent first ballet experience for children. Yes, there are dancing dolls and princesses, but don’t forget the scary mice, sword fights and cannon fire.
Allen Fields set this production in early-20th-century New York, and it includes choreography, costumes and scenery that was new in 2009. The live orchestra brings a lot of energy to the production, too.
You’ll need to leave extra time for parking, I’d say at least 30 minutes, because not only is this a popular show and traffic can get backed up, but this year there’s construction at the DECC, and UMD hockey will be at the same times at the DECC Arena. You’ll be competing for spots in the DECC ramp and downtown parking ramps.
Performances are at the DECC Auditorium:
Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $13-$42 and have three levels: adults, students (age 13-college with ID), and children 12 and younger. They can be purchased at the DECC, or by calling or visiting the ballet office.
Address: DECC Auditorium, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth (to purchase tickets at the ballet office, go to 301 W. First St., 8th floor)
Phone: (218) 529-3742
Website: www.minnesotaballet.org/performances (Scroll to the bottom for ticket information.)