The Holiday Guide
City Paper's 2005 Guide to Seasonal Events and Places.
Dancers in Action Fall Dance Concert, Nov. 17-19, Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, (410) 337-6333, $7-$12. For those of you who would willingly crack open almonds with your teeth at the thought of another Nutcracker performance but love dance, head on over to Goucher and check out the original choreography that includes several guest artists and faculty members. You’ll save hundreds in dental work.
The Great Russian Nutcracker, Dec. 16-17, Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 685-5086, website, $23-$63. Well, if anybody’s going to nail Tchaikovsky’s most famous piece of holiday theater, it’s probably going to be the Russians. And since most of us aren’t going to make it to the Bolshoi this season, the Lyric is bringing the show to us. We’re not sure exactly what makes the Russian show so different, but it’s bound to be worth a holiday splurge. The Moscow Ballet does know a thing or two about dancing.
Nutcracker, Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 2-4, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, Rockville, (301) 279-5301, website, $20, $18 advance. At this Nutcracker show, performed by the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, you can have your photo taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy for just five bucks.
Nutcracker, Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 3-4, Old Mill Senior High School Auditorium, 600 Patriot Lane, Millersville, (410) 721-6157, www.marylandballettheatre.org, $7-$13, kids 3 and under free. Another Nutcracker performance, sure. But this one (at bargain prices, we might add) by the Maryland Ballet Theatre and Arts Company is specially designed and choreographed to appeal to children. And with the exception of the Cavalier and the Sugar Plum Fairy, all roles are played by local youths. The MBTAC promises a young but professional performance, so bring everyone in the family.
Nutcracker, Dec. 2-4, Amoss Center, Harford Community College, Bel Air, (410) 836-4211, www.harford.edu/Cultural, $7-$14. The Harford Dance Theatre busts out the Tchaikovsky up the road in Bel Air. Post-show “Meet the Artists” reception after the final performance Dec. 4.
Nutcracker, Dec. 3-4 and 10-11, Tawes Theatre, University of Maryland, College Park, (301) 405-2787, www.ocbt.org, $9.50-$15. The Olney Ballet Theatre, an organization committed to providing opportunities to young dancers, presents their performance of the holiday classic.
Nutcracker, Dec. 10-11 and 17-18, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, (410) 263-8289, www.marylandhall.org, $40-$48. What would Christmas be without waltzing flowers and frolicking life-sized toy soldiers? Nothing, we tell you. That’s why you should check out the Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s venue. There are special family discount performances Dec. 17-18, and you can meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and Santa at the Sugar Plum Fairy fiesta on Sunday. Free fairy fun with a stub from any of that weekend’s performances.
Nutcracker and Nutcracker Suite, Dec. 14-21, Hallam Theatre, Prince George’s Community College, (301) 218-9822, website, $8-$30. We feel completely Nutcracked-up just putting this list together, but if you just can’t get enough of the dancing toys, the National Ballet Company is for you. You can go to see the Nutcracker and return five days later for the Nutcracker Suite. That is, if you can find anyone to go with you.
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