It’s the holiday season yet again, and along with the trimming of the tree, cookie baking, and gift buying, there’s another yearly holiday tradition that’s become a beloved part of the season for many Cincinnati area families – The Nutcracker performed by the Cincinnati Ballet and presented by Frisch’s!
Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, now in its 42nd annual production, returns December 18 through 27 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s sensational score, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone. I have been lucky enough to have been in the audience for this amazing production several times now and I can honestly say that it gets better every time I see it!
If you’ve never been, here’s a little about the production from the Cincinnati Ballet:
The Nutcracker is the beloved holiday story of Clara, a little girl who embarks on a fantastical journey with her Nutcracker Prince through the Land of Sweets, meeting colorful and exciting characters along the way. The holiday favorite saw a re-envisioning in a 2011 world premiere, with new sets by John Ezell, costumes by Carrie Robbins, lighting by Trad A Burns and choreography by Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan.
Frisch’s and Cincinnati Ballet have a long history of collaborating to present the spectacular production, dating back to the first Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker in 1974. Frisch’s Restaurants Inc. championed that production through a generous donation and has sponsored the production every subsequent year.
This production is engaging to all audiences — small and tall alike. The fact that young audience members get to witness young dancers, their peers, take the stage for such a gorgeously staged and costumed production is inspiring, and grownups will be blown away by the talent and richness of the production itself.
The truth is, I really can’t say enough wonderful things about this amazing production and I hope you agree that it is a Cincinnati treasure. In an effort to bring this fantastic experience to yet another family, we’ve teamed up Cincinnati Ballet to bring you a chance to see The Nutcracker for free!
WIN WIN WIN
What is the holiday tradition that you look forward to most every year?
- Check out Family Friendly Cincinnati and Cincinnati Ballet on Facebook.
- Tweet about this giveaway, including @FamFriendlyCin, @FrischsBigBoy and @CincyBallet
- Find us on Instagram: @FamFriendlyCin
That’s it…that’s FOUR ways to enter which means FOUR chances to win! The winner will be drawn and notified via email (we’ll also announce it on our Facebook page) on Friday, December 11 at 10 AM. Winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION:
WHEN: Friday, December 18 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 19 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 19 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 20 – 1:00 pm
Sunday, December 20 – 5:30 pm
Tuesday, December 22 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, December 23 – 2:00 pm*
Wednesday, December 23 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 26 – 2:00 pm*
Saturday, December 26 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 27 – 1:00 pm
*denotes Sugar Plum Parade –The Sugar Plum Parade is an exciting opportunity for Wednesday, December 23 matinee and Saturday, December 26matinee ticket holders to experience The Nutcracker from the stage itself. Audience members are invited to walk across the stage following the performance, getting a chance to see sets, costumes and dancers up close.
Performances are held at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. For tickets, call 513.621.5282, visit cballet.org, or visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway. Tickets start at $32.
disclosure: We were provided with four tickets to attend the show, as well as four tickets to give away to our readers, by Cincinnati Ballet. Opinions above are 100% our own.