The Nutcracker: American Ballet Theatre

The Nutcracker: American Ballet Theatre

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA  92626
714-556-2787
Like most children’s fairy tales, the roots of the Nutcracker story creep from a pretty dark cellar. Written in 1816 by E.T.A. Hoffmann, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” tells the violent LSD-styled tale of Marie, a seven-year-old girl, who finds herself at the center of a bloody battle between the Nutcracker and the horrifying seven-headed Mouse King, who is avenging the murders of his children and entire family by a human Queen after the Mouse Queen stole all of the fat she was going to make sausages with; and even after Marie presents her parents with legit evidence that the whole nightmare occurred, they totally gaslight her. But, never fear – Marie ends up marrying the Nutcracker-turned- human man at the end and no, it’s not set in Alabama, and yes, the American Ballet Theatre company does it better.
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