Nov 092012

The Nutcracker - Dallas Children's Theater

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No holiday season is complete without Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’ unique and acclaimed puppet interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece returns to Dallas Children’s Theater November 16 – December 23, 2012.

Director Kathy Burks says, “Since The Nutcracker is primarily known as a vehicle for ballet, many people expect to see puppet ballet dancers. They will not find them, but will, however, find a great deal of dancing and rhythmic movement performed by unique beings and inanimate objects, which come to life on-stage.  The skill and artistry of the puppeteer gives them breath.  Our production is a fresh, original visual interpretation of a holiday tradition.”

This Nutrcracker utilizes the experimental theater technique of Black Theatre, a form of puppetry in which puppets perform in a stream of light with the puppeteers rendered invisible through the use of black robes, hoods and gloves.  The Black Theatre rod puppets move without strings or any visible means of manipulation creating a dramatic, magical effect.


The Nutcracker opens with an original prologue in which a gray-bearded Tchaikovsky puppet takes the stage to cleverly explain how he created the ballet.  Act I, related by a narrator and characters using dialogue and action, takes place during the Christmas Eve party at Clara’s home.  It includes the Nutcracker’s fight with the Mouse King and the Nutcracker’s transformation into a prince.  Act II focuses on Clara’s adventures with the Prince in the Kingdom of Sweets.  During this act, minimal dialogue is used and the music of the ballet suite is interpreted through the dance, movement, and action of puppets.  The fantastical sequence includes a French Poodle with Baryshnikov moves, absurd stackable soldiers, frenetic Russian dancers, and a “Chaplin-esque” Harlequin struggling against a mischievous ball.

Opening Night Winter Wonderland Celebration

Get in the spirit as you enter DCT’s Winter Wonderland for opening night!  Attend the show on Friday, November 16 for extra holiday fun one hour prior to the show and at intermission.  Enjoy festive tunes by the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Jazz Singers.  Wear your favorite holiday duds and enjoy complimentary Nancy Dee’s Lil’ Bits Mini Donuts at intermission.  Take a photo as the Nutcracker, Junie B. and Flat Stanley.  Try your hand at puppeteering.  A special appearance by Santa Claus – one of the first in North Texas!  Temporary tattoos, face painting, coloring and paper puppet making.  Great giveaways too, including a make-your-own ornament compliments of Michael’s Stores, and one free show poster per family.  Don’t forget to check out the treasures inside Ye Olde Gift Shoppe (DCT Store).

To purchase tickets, visit the Dallas Children’s Theater website at or call their box office at 214-740-0051.

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