This holiday season, the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles will be hosting the famous Moscow Ballet for two performances of the traditional seasonal favorite: Great Russian Nutcracker. If you’re planning to watch this popular ballet this holiday then choose to stay at a hotel near the Wiltern. On December 15th, at 3pm and 7pm, the stunning ensemble will be performing their incredible dance choreographed by former Bolshoi Ballet soloist Stanislav Vlasov. Now in its twentieth year of touring and performance, the group of 40 dancers made up of award winning principals and a strong corps ballet will be showcasing their leaps, pirouettes and lifts in their retelling of the traditional ballet story. Tchaikovsky’s famous score will be given new life and a little Russian flair by the group, whose charm, grace, humor and strength are second to none.
As the curtain opens on Act 1, guests are arriving for their holiday party. The central family of Masha, her brother Fritz and their parents are greeting friends when their mysterious godfather arrives with gifts for everyone. The godfather, Uncle Drosselmeyer, then leads a puppet show and everyone is happy – except Masha, who did not get a present. Uncle Drosselmeyer produces three life sized dolls for everyone, and Masha finally summons the courage to ask where her present might be. She receives a beautiful toy Nutcracker soldier – but her brother is so jealous that he breaks it, and Masha goes to bed upset when the party ends. Fortunately, while everyone is asleep, her Uncle is able to repair the toy – but then strange things start happening to Masha. Her Nutcracker comes to life, the mice in her room won’t let her leave, and the Christmas tree grows to enormous proportions. With her Nutcracker to defend her, they manage to battle their way out and when they are victorious, a magical transformation ensues. In the second act, the audience see just what impact these changes will have on the family and their Christmas celebrations.