Youkey Theatre - RP Funding Center | Lakeland, Florida
Catch the Florida Dance Arts troupe on their closing performance of The Nutcracker this Sunday, December 17th, LIVE at the Youkey Theatre! In two acts and two hours of mesmerizing miracles, you and your family will experience the Lands of Snow and Sweets in breathtakingly vivid detail. Watch Clara and her princely Nutcracker depart on a magical journey brimming with climactic battles, swirling snowflakes, and dancing celebrations, all moving to the tune of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas Obra Maestra. The first ballet rendition of The Nutcracker was based on the 1816 novella by E. T. A. Hoffmann, with original choreography by Marius Petipa and score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. For this year’s presentation, Florida Dance Arts introduces guest dancers Taryn Pachciarz as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Craig Wasserman as her Cavalier. And, as is tradition, the ballet will be performed at the Youkey Theatre, Lakeland’s premier destination for all things theatrical. Seats are filling up - reserve yours ASAP!
Experience The Nutcracker, its miracles, and its merrymaking magic before the holiday season draws the curtains closed! This exclusive two-day exhibition by the Florida Dance Arts troupe will land Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece at the Youkey Theatre, featuring a closing Sunday matinee on December 17th, 2023.
"Join us for an evening of magic, whimsy, and adventure as Clara journeys to the land of sweets in the classic story of THE NUTCRACKER.”
A classical ballet in two acts, The Nutcracker premiered in 1892 at St. Petersburg’s Imperial Mariinsky Theatre. It was based on the 1816 novella by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa. During the late 1960s, it was featured prominently across North American dance productions, becoming a holiday tradition that still stands to this day.
In two hours of winter wonders, The Nutcracker follows the brave young Clara as she sets off on a midnight magic adventure beneath the Christmas tree. Alongside her Nutcracker Prince, she must face the sinister Mouse King in a thrilling battle between toy soldiers and mice! See them enter the forested Land of Snow, prancing in a flurry of snowflakes as they cross into the Land of Sweets. And at their journey’s end, festivities and dancing celebrations with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her colorful company!
Florida Dance Arts has yet to announce the complete cast for this year’s The Nutcracker. However, two guest dancers have recently been revealed! Give a round of applause to Taryn Pachciarz as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Craig Wasserman as the Cavalier! The team would also like to thank the Highland School of Dance, Tina Sargeant, SouthState Bank, TEAMWORKnet, and the Lakeland Mayor's Council on the Arts for sponsoring the event.
Once again, the Youkey Theatre in Lakeland, Florida, will host this annual production, offering an elegant backdrop fit even for the biggest Broadway hits! It features high-quality seats for 2,200 patrons, with clear sightlines and immaculate lighting to emphasize the subtlest of steps by each of the show’s talented dancers.
Book your reservations now for Florida Dance Arts’ The Nutcracker LIVE at the Youkey Theatre this Sunday, December 17th!