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‘The Nutcracker’ by the World Ballet Series Comes to Hattiesburg

Photo courtesy of the World Ballet Series/Facebook

Hattiesburg is in for an extraordinary treat this holiday season. On December 6, the World Ballet Series will be making a rare stop in the Hub City to bring a true Christmas fairy tale tradition in grand fashion as the Historic Saenger Theater plays host to this world-class dance production to the stage, giving all ages a very special holiday present.

The very talented professional World Ballet Series in all its exceptional glory will bring all the magic and fantasy to life in the beloved holiday seasonal tradition: “The Nutcracker.” Based on the fairy tale written by E.T.A. Hoffman, “The Nutcracker” comes to life with the combination of the exquisite and timeless music of Pyotry Illyich Tchaikovsky and the choreography of Marius Petipa, inviting guests into this enchanted holiday fantasy world that delights the young and the young at heart during this blessed Christmas season.

The ballet will be brought to life in extraordinary fashion by the World Class Ballet that includes a cast of 50 multinational professional ballet dancers that will be adorned by the talents of more than 150 hand-sewn costumes and the enchanting and talented hand painted and hand crafted sets, turning the beautiful Saenger Theater into a Christmas fantasy land.

During this magical Christmas night fantasy dream, guests are escorted into this enchanted world as Clara, the main character that is heartbroken because the beautiful and finely crafted nutcracker gift that was given to her by her favorite uncle, Master Drosslemeyer, is broken in a squabble with her young brother. As Clara lays down with tears in her eyes after trying to mend her treasured present, the Nutcracker soldier comes to life to battle off the treachery of an army of evil rats led by the Mouse King that attempt to take over the manor after the mystical Christmas Eve gala at Clara’s home is over that magical Christmas Eve night.

It is a tense and breathtaking fight between the Nutcracker soldier and the Mouse King and his army, but as it should be, the good overcomes the evil as the Nutcracker and his squad defeat the despiteful Mouse King and his minions. After the triumphant battle by the Nutcracker, Clara and her hero and guests are magically transported into the fairylike Land of Sweets. Everyone is treated to the charming “The Waltz of Flowers” and “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” that will bring a special light to all eyes during this very special time of the year. Clara and the Nutcracker are treated to many special sugary delicacies while they are entertained by the talented and amusing performances brought for their pleasure from dancers throughout the world. Mother Ginger and her brood of hilarious and entertaining children will bring laughter and enjoyment to all that get the pleasure of encountering these colorful characters.

“The Nutcracker” is such a beautiful, enchanted, timeless holiday tradition that makes the holiday season complete for many, and it wouldn’t seem like Christmas without taking this yearly adventure into this enchanted world. If you’ve never seen “The Nutcracker,” then you simply must take in this exquisite collection of dancers and talented company that will be bringing this holiday tradition to the Hub City. You’ll find that this just might become a treasured family tradition as so many children and parents alike look forward to this special production every year.

To enjoy this timeless holiday classic, you can see all the pageantry and beauty come to life by the very talented World Class Ballet Series on December 6 at 7:00 p.m., at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg. For more information and to acquire tickets, please visit World Ballet Series: Nutcracker Tickets, Tue, Dec 6, 2022 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite .


Written by Judy Smith

Judy Smith has been a freelance writer and photographer for several magazines and publications around the South, including Social South Magazine, Our Mississippi Magazine, DeSoto Magazine, Deep South Magazine, Country Roads Magazine, among others. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Paralegal Studies, Master’s of Science in Mass Communications, and PhD in Communications at the University of Southern Mississippi. And Judy Smith is proud to forever be a Mississippi Girl.


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