A Christmas Classic

Festival Ballet Providence returns to PPAC with a perrenial holiday favorite


Sometimes you can’t go wrong with a classic. While Disney is reinventing The Nutcracker this year as a kind of post-Harry Potter swords-and-sorcerers fantasy epic – complete with a piratey looking Morgan Freeman, because why not – Festival Ballet Providence is putting on their annual production with all of the flash and frills you’ve come to expect from them. Who needs all that digital tomfoolery and gritty-reboot mythologizing when you’ve got a world-class dance company right here in Providence?

The Nutcracker is such a beautiful tradition and leading the children’s cast is a special part of this job, and also a huge responsibility,” says FBP School Director Vilia Putrius. “I know the children are thrilled for the experience of performing in this production at PPAC alongside the professional company. It’s a long process, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and to see these children shine on stage.”

So there you have it. Skip Hollywood’s shameless cash grab and see the real thing in a beautiful theater. The sugarplum fairies and rat kings only come out once a year, so make like a ballerina and stay on your toes. December 21-23. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street