One of the greatest Christmas classics is The Nutcracker ballet. Even if you haven't seen the ballet, you've no doubt heard pieces from the classic ballet in your favorite holiday movies.

Like, in The Family Stone, which is dubbed a Jeri Christmas holiday favorite, the Russian Dance was used for the movie's iconic chase scene.

About The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker ballet was created by Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky and was first performed in December 1892. The ballet is loosely based on the story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," which is about a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages battle against the evil Mouse King.

But the ballet was a flop.

Tchaikovsky himself even called the ballet "boring." But despite its initial failure due to various technical issues, the ballet has seen worldwide success and is now used as an introduction to ballet and classical music for students. And The Nutcracker has placed itself as one of the most famous holiday works.

How To See The Nutcracker Locally

Luckily, we have various opportunities to see The Nutcracker live right here in Southwest Oklahoma! This year Lawton Ballet Theatre will present its production of The Nutcracker December 16, 17 and 18 at the McMahon Memorial Auditorium in Lawton. This will be Lawton Ballet Theatre's tenth year presenting The Nutcracker!

No matter what your holiday schedule looks like, Lawton Ballet Theatre has several performances you and your family can make plans to see!

  • 7 p.m. Friday, December 16
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, December 17
  • 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, December 18

This is also an affordable holiday activity for families! Tickets for children and seniors are $7.50, while $9 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.

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