Best seats for the Nutcracker are still available for the Saturday 7:30pm and Sunday 4:30pm.
Sat. and Sun. matinees have very few seats, get yours now.
Audience feedback from 2014
It was a great performance to get you into the holiday spirit! Wonderful!
"I loved the military twist, the playful tone, seeing so many children in a ballet performance, and, best of all, how the performance delighted the eye. It was visually stunning to watch.
My daughter and I look forward to attending The Nutcracker together every year. Next year, she wants to try out for the show!
BTC’s headline signature performance is its annual, acclaimed production of The Nutcracker performed at the
University of Saint Joseph's Hoffman Auditorium,
1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut 06117-2791
West Hartford, Connecticut.
Thursday, December 15th at 6:30pm
Friday, December 16th at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 17th at 1:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, December 18th at 1:00pm and 4:30pm
Our story begins in a workshop where Colonel Drosselmeyer, an old war Veteran, is putting the finishing touches on a very special gift for Clara von Stahlbaum, his goddaughter. He has learned to make dolls that magically come alive, but only on very special nights and for only one dance.
Each year a Christmas Party is hosted by the von Stahlbaum’s, their son Fritz, and thirteen year old daughter Clara. On this snowy Christmas Eve night Colonel Drosselmeyer is accompanied by his nephew, Alexander, who has chosen to follow in Colonel Drosselmeyer’s footsteps as a soldier and is planning to leave and defend his country.
Colonel Drosselmeyer, in an attempt to keep Alexander from leaving, designs a magnificent Nutcracker Soldier Doll that can come to life to take his nephew’s place. In order for the Nutcracker Soldier Doll to come alive it needs the powerful love of a young girl. The spell is cast and as long as her love lasts, so shall the life of the Nutcracker Soldier Doll.
Soon the party is in full swing with adults enjoying laughs and children opening gifts. Fritz is full of mischief and brandishes a small mouse to frighten the young girls at the party.
When Colonel Drosselmeyer appears with his nephew, the children immediately lose interest in their gifts. The Colonel entertains the children with magic tricks, after which he presents Clara with the magical wooden Nutcracker Soldier Doll. However, Clara only has eyes for the dashing young soldier Alexander. The other children beg for Colonel Drosselmeyer’s famous magical dolls. He obliges with two large gift boxes and from each a magical doll appears. The dolls dance and soon exhaust their magic. Alexander then dances for the guests and Clara begins to notice the resemblance between him and her Nutcracker Soldier Doll. Then, to her dismay, her brother Fritz mischievously takes it from her.Colonel Drosselmeyer returns the Nutcracker Soldier Doll to Clara and captivates the children with a glorious tale of valor. The evening grows long, glasses are soon empty, and the children’s jaws are agape with tired yawns. The guests bid goodnight and the maids hurry everyone off to bed and blow out the flickering flame of the last Christmas candle.
Colonel Drosselmeyer quietly returns to cast a magical spell. Holding her Nutcracker Doll, Clara falls asleep on the couch near the great Christmas tree. Fritz’s mouse, who is now large as life, returns with some friends to steal the Nutcracker from Clara. Colonel Drosselmeyer returns to reveals that the Nutcracker Soldier Doll is actually Alexander, the Nutcracker Prince. A great battle erupts between the Nutcracker’s army and the regiment of mice.
Following the battle, Clara, The Nutcracker Prince, and the Snow Angels are met at the far edge of the Land of the Snow by The Sugar Plum Fairy. She rewards them for their bravery with a medal and a crown and leads them into the Kingdom of the Sweets. They are presented with dancing delicacies from exotic destinations: Chinese Tea, Spanish Chocolate, Russian Tyanuchka, Arabian Coffee, Marzipan, and Ginger Candies. Clara and The Nutcracker Prince are delighted, and after all the dances, they wave goodbye and climb into a sleigh to journey home.
Back at home, Clara sleeps on the couch in the parlor dreaming about her wonderful journey. Alexander
enters and gently places the Nutcracker doll by her side and then leaves to defend his country.