Arts & Culture Deal Family Spotlight Fara Illich December 21, 2010

If you’re a fan of Tchaikovsky’s classic two-act ballet that tells the story of Clara and her fantastic dream about the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mouse King this is your favorite week of the year because Downtown Phoenix offers three different ways to get your Nutcracker fix:
MoscowBallet2Tuesday thru Sunday, Dec. 21-26 – Nutcracker at Symphony Hall
Ballet Arizona presents Ib Andersen’s version of the classic tale. Upon waking up in the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara is entertained by dances that include Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea, and the Waltz of the Flowers. Original choreography by Ib Andersen, sets by Carey Wong, and costumes by Fabio Toblini. Shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 602-381-0184 or visit
Wednesday, Dec. 22 – Great Russian Nutcracker at Comerica Theatre
Enjoy the exquisite dancing, gorgeous costumes and fanciful storytelling of the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker as the world-famous production makes its return to Downtown Phoenix. This year’s highlights include Act II’s setting in the Land of Peace and Harmony and the introduction of a new character, the Christmas Dove. Also new this year is a fantasy clock with wings of an owl, casting a shadow over the battle between the Soldiers and the Mice.  Show is at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 877-598-6671 or visit
Wednesday & Thursday, Dec. 22 & 23 – Nutcracker at Orpheum Theatre
The Ballet Academy of Arizona’s Third Annual Nutcracker Ballet is a full-length children’s production that features young talent from all over the Valley. Shows Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. For tickets call 800-745-3000.