I grew up enchanted with the Nutcracker and have been waiting for my children to be old enough to introduce them to the magical story of Clara-Marie’s journey to the land of Sugar Plum Fairies. Thanks to the Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park, I was able to introduce my toddler to a Nutcracker Production this year and watch, as he was delighted and awed the entire time.
My son, age 4, sat through the entire 50-minute production and walked away as in love with the story as I am. When the show ended, my son asked if we could see the show again – his highest praise! I think we have the start of a new holiday tradition. There were plenty of children in the audience, both older and younger, who enjoyed it just as much. I heard audible several oohs-and-ahs throughout the show.
Although the Nutcracker is produced by the Puppet Co., the show is performed by a mix of live actors who appear larger-than-life, along with all kinds of puppets. There is no speaking during the show but the actors convey the story very well through movement and props. Of course, the puppets are co-stars. Clara-Marie’s journey to Sugar Plum Land in this production of the Nutcracker include enactments of Humpty Dumpty and Little Bo Peep. The highlight of the show for my son was “when they turned off the lights” and he saw an iridescent floating genie followed by glowing butterflies. Other highlights were the extended dance by life-sized flowers, and their smaller flower puppets and a prancing blue horse.
The actors are all available after the show for pictures and Q&A.
Tickets can be purchased online with no extra fees here or at the box office. For procrastinators, be aware that ticket sales online end one hour and fifteen minutes before show time. Doors open fifteen minutes before the show begins. Seating is unassigned with seating for children on the floor and some benches available for adults in the back. There is limited space available for adults to sit with children on the floor so if you want to sit with your child you should plan on arriving early to be among the first admitted to the theatre. There is plenty of free parking, but plan for a 5-10 minute walk from the parking lot to the theatre.
The Nutcracker runs through December 30th .Times vary so check the calendar here.
The Puppet Co.’s version of the Nutcracker truly is a show the entire family can enjoy!
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