Colorado Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Colorado Ballet’s “Nutcracker” has been a Christmastime tradition for over 50 years, and I had the pleasure of seeing it several years ago for the first time.

Artists of Colorado Ballet - photo by Mike Watson2

I recently got the chance to see it again, and this time I brought my husband along. He was a little unsure if he’d live through a ballet performance, but I promised him that Colorado Ballet would put on such an engaging show that he’d not only survive, but really enjoy himself.

The sets and costumes were elaborate and gorgeous. The expert choreography was in perfect time to the live orchestra. The dancers are so precise, yet at the same time so joyful and animated that you are really drawn into the story. The familiar tale of Clara and her Nutcracker prince traveling to the magical Land of Sweets, simply comes alive when it is given the Colorado Ballet touch. We were transported through a snow storm with beautiful dancing snowflakes and crystals-the snow started out light and built to a crescendo that made it seem as though we were actually in a blizzard! I swear I started to feel cold!

The Nutcracker in Denver

Once in the Land of Sweets, we were entertained by all of its many residents: Spanish Chocolate, Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea, Marzipan, the Russian dancers, the adorable Polinchinelles, the Flowers, and of course the reigning queen of the Land of Sweets, the Sugarplum Fairy. As classic and timeless as the story is, there were several modern touches that had us laughing. A mortally wounded Mouse soldier did a “robot” move as he was falling, and the Mother Ginger puppet busted out the Macarena. It was enough comic relief, and the show was just the right length at about an hour and a half, that makes it the perfect holiday treat for all ages. As we were leaving the theater, my husband remarked that he “really, really liked it”! The highest of compliments! I hope I get the chance to see it again this year, this time with my kiddos. I just know they’d love it, too.

The Nutcracker runs through December 28th at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, part of the Denver Center Performing Arts Complex. Tickets are still available but are going fast! To snag your seats to Colorado’s favorite holiday tradition and save 20% off select tickets, visit

disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to The Nutcracker in exchange for my honest review of the performance. The opinions and text are my own, and no other compensation was made.

Bio: Emily Jones (“EJ”) is a mom to three little punk rockers and wife to her best friend. She writes for, helps out with her husband’s business, volunteers way too much at school, and occasionally remembers to get dressed and feed herself.

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