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McCaw Hall
Between 3rd Ave N and 4th Ave N 321 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109
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7 reviews
2 stars
Don't forget to order drinks for intermission before the performance. Intermissions are plenty long enough to enjoy a glass of wine, if you avoid the long lines and order before.
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I wore a silk dress. Some people get really dressed up (think prom dress), while others are very casual (think jeans). I love that this is a great opportunity to get dressed up..
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15 events
5 reviews
1 stars
attended Nov 28 2010

Awesome production, brilliant staging, costumes, and dancing. A couple of early-season snags, but that didn't distract from the wonderful experience for our family, including six-year-old twins!

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2 reviews
0 stars
attended Nov 26 2010

The Nutcracker is a great family event. I haven't gone for probably ten years and this time took my two children, ages 8 and 6. If attending the 7:30 show, be aware that you don't get out until almost 10pm which can be late for little ones. ...continued

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attended Nov 27 2010


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The 86 children’s roles in Nutcracker are performed by rotating casts of Pacific Northwest Ballet School students.
“My immediate reaction to the request that I design Nutcracker was negative. I was flattered, but my reasons for saying no were plentiful. To begin with, who in the world needed another Nutcracker? ….Of course I did it. We did it together. Most of my doubts and worries were put to rest when Kent and I met for the first time early in 1981 in New York City. I liked him immediately for not wanting me to do Nutcracker for all the obvious reasons but rather because he wished me to join him in a leap into the unknown. He suggested we abandon the predictable Nutcracker and find a fresh version that did honor to Hoffman, Tchaikovsky, and ourselves. Later that year, Kent invited me to Seattle to see the company’s old Nutcracker. By then I had fallen in love with the project and after that Christmas of 1981, I set to work in earnest.”  —Maurice Sendak, 1984


Pacific Northwest Ballet can proudly lay claim to the world’s most recognized and celebrated production of Nutcracker_, now in its 28th season. The brilliant result of close collaboration between PNB founding artistic director and choreographer Kent Stowell and renowned children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak (_Where the Wild Things Are), PNB’s Nutcracker premiered to national acclaim in December 1983. The following year saw the publication of Nutcracker, a new edition of the original E.T.A. Hoffman story with illustrations by Sendak that remained on the New York Times Best Seller List for eight weeks. In 1986, a feature-length film of the Stowell-Sendak Nutcracker, directed by Carroll Ballard, premiered in Seattle and was released nationwide — and, subsequently, on video. In addition to annual Seattle performances, PNB has performed Nutcracker in Vancouver, Portland and Minneapolis.

Drawing on E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Stowell and Sendak delved deeply into the original story, infusing the ballet with a drama and strength that fully complements Tchaikovsky’s rich score, while creating a kaleidoscope of roles for all levels of the company and school.

Nutcracker is PNB’s great repertory ballet. With multiple performances each season, Baby Mice can dream of one day being Party Girls and Chinese Dancers, Snowflakes, and Flowers and, ultimately, the role of Clara, in which company women make their debut as ballerina. As students and company grow up through Nutcracker, so the ballet grows too, constantly renewing itself and offering challenges and insights about ballet, and life, to the next generation.