It makes me laugh when I hear about people’s impressions of Alaska. I’ve had people ask me if we have neighbors. I’ve had people ask me if the stores stay open in winter. And I have had people completely shocked that there are live theater shows to attend in Alaska. Now don’t get me wrong, we live near the most populated area of Alaska. So we do have neighbors and stores and live theater. Some areas of Alaska do not, for sure! But we are blessed with these amenities. And one of those special activities that we have had the pleasure of attending is the Alaskan Nutcracker.
Why is it called the “Alaskan” Nutcracker?
What makes the Alaskan Nutcracker Alaskan? Well, for one, the dancers are from Alaska. Much of the cast are students from Sonja’s Studio of dance. Filled to the brim with Alaskan talent, these dancers are a pleasure to watch with their grace and enthusiasm at the Glenn Massey Theater.
But the best is the fact that they theme their costumes and dances to Alaska. There are gorgeous costumes whose designs brilliantly depict northern lights and fireweed flowers. There are traditional Russian outfits to symbolize the Russian influence on Alaska’s culture. Watch as moose on stilts prance across the stage with baby grizzlies. All of this adds a wonderful Alaskan flare to the traditional nutcracker ballet.
The Alaskan Nutcracker with Kids
I was concerned about taking all of our kids to the ballet the first time. Our first time attending was in 2018. James was 6, Jed was 4, and Jules was 2. We purposefully chose seats toward the back of the theater just in case it didn’t go very well (I had it on good information that you could still see well towards the back of the theater – and they were right). But I did not need to be worried. All of the children absolutely loved the show.
The Alaskan Nutcracker show ran about 90 minutes, and the kids all did great. Jules got a little squirmy and alternated between my lap, Ben’s lap, and her own seat, but she did not disturb those around her and was quietly enraptured.
Go Get Your Tickets to the Alaskan Nutcracker
The Alaskan Nutcracker is absolutely worth seeing if you are looking for something to do with the family during the Christmas season. Both the children and the adults are sure to be dazzled and entertained by this Alaskan edition of a traditional ballet. Make sure you get your tickets early though! Because you’ll find I’m not the only one who loves the show! The tickets go fast!
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