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Carolina Ballet Nutcracker- Review + Giveaway

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Carolina Ballet Company by Armes Photography

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by seeing a classic performance of the Nutcracker? That’s exactly what we did this past weekend at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Robert Weiss directs this version of the Nutcracker that is so beautifully performed by the members of the Carolina Ballet.

Today, we’ve got a review of the performance and are giving away two tickets for a lucky reader to go experience the show on their own!

In brief, here’s a quick recap from two points of view- myself and Izzy. I figured this was a good approach since we were coming from two different places as I am a lady who was familiar with the story and had taken dance through high school and college while Izzy new nothing of the story and is a guy who doesn’t typically go to the ballet.

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Dancer: Lilyan Vigo by Chris Walt Photography

Laney’s Thoughts

I loved it! I knew the story and had seen it performed by another company long ago. Yet, I was taken aback by how fresh and new this version felt. The dancing was spectacular- no question about it. That is one talented company. The soloists had jaw-dropping moves and tricks, the kids were adorable, and there was a good bit of humor incorporated with the technical moves.

However, one thing that really makes this show stand out is that there is an element of magic! Robert Weiss, the director, even says this in the opening, but you don’t realize that he is being 100% serious. With the help of Las-Vegas based professional magician/illusionist, Rick Thomas, there are actual illusions incorporated into the performance. It is spectacular and delightful with dancers disappearing, reappearing, and so much more.

The set design by Jeff A.R. Jones is probably one of the best of any live performance I have ever seen. The set was elaborate, beautiful, and completely transported me into another world.

The costumes were gorgeous when appropriate with flowing dresses and sparkling tutus. There were also more cutesy ones, such as the gingerbread men, that brought smiles to everyone’s faces.

I was also pleasantly surprised that Izzy had a great time and said he would even go back to another show with me. Success!

Izzy’s Thoughts

I went into this show not being a ballet man. I am not sure many of us are, however I left feeling satisfied in the performance. It was not just a ballet for people who “know” ballet, it was a celebration of what Christmas used to be about like giving, family get-togethers, presents, gingerbread cookies, and a little bit of magic. No, seriously, there was magic. The dancing was timed nicely and no performance seemed to drag on as often happens with most classical dance style- at least that what it feels like to the laymen. It is definitely something to take the family to and I will be doing that myself once my kids are old enough to appreciate such things…and not a moment before.

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Carolina Ballet Company by Armes Photography

 

On to the giveaway…the kind folks at the Carolina Ballet are generously giving a lucky reader two tickets for a show of their choosing. Since this is a show perfect for family night, date night, or an outing with a friend, it’s open to everyone! Here’s how to enter to win:

Leave us a comment at the bottom of this page telling us what you want for Christmas! It’s that easy. One entry per email address. It may take a little bit for your comment to show because we approve each comment individually. Also, we won’t use your email address for anything other that to contact you if you win- promise. We hate spam too. 

This giveaway will run until Thursday, December 17th at 8pm. We will announce the winner Friday morning.


 

If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry! There are still 14 more performances between the dates of December 18th and December 27th that can be seen at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. The rest of the season in early 2016 will be devoted to several works of Shakespeare, which look so enticing we’re already planning which of those performances we want to go to! Ticket prices range from $25-$105 and can be found at the Carolina Ballet website or at Ticketmaster.

 

 

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Emma Griffith
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Emma Griffith
1 year 11 months ago

I’d love these tickets for Christmas! 🙂

Rob
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Rob
1 year 11 months ago

Im hoping to see all my family well as they travel from other states

Kendall Morgan
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Kendall Morgan
1 year 11 months ago

I’d love some happy memories!

Kat Benson
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1 year 11 months ago

Oh my goodness! What a wonderful giveaway! My daughter got her feeding tube out this month so that’s the best Christmas present I could get. It would be lovely to be able to take her to the Nutcracker. Thanks for the opportunity! – Kat

MD
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MD
1 year 11 months ago

A nice relaxing day!

Jillian
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Jillian
1 year 11 months ago

For Christmas I would love a night out with my husband 🙂

Tim
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Tim
1 year 11 months ago

My daughter takes dance. I’d love to take her.

Tammy Rhodes
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Tammy Rhodes
1 year 11 months ago

My SON loves the Nutcracker, especially the Rat King. I would love to surprise him with this show.

Sandra Cifranic
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Sandra Cifranic
1 year 11 months ago

All I want for Christmas is 2 tickets to The Nutcracker!

Vince Antrilli
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Vince Antrilli
1 year 11 months ago

My most favorite moments in life are spending time with my wife and kids. Now as my kids are grown and developing relationships of their own I particularly enjoy spending time with my wife and reconnecting in our almost empty nest period. What I want most for Christmas are more opportunities to do things with my wife.

Linda Anderson
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Linda Anderson
1 year 11 months ago

Love for us to see the Nutcracker

Brittany Myron
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Brittany Myron
1 year 11 months ago

I just found out I’m expecting in June, so I’m asking for all the baby items & maternity clothing I can get for Christmas. I’m a teenager, so this was a huge surprise. I’m also wishing for a college acceptance letter to NC State. COME ON SANTA!!!

Derick Shipley
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Derick Shipley
1 year 11 months ago

A night out at the ballet with my wife!

Margaret Burke
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Margaret Burke
1 year 11 months ago

I have never been to the ballet. Would love to bring my granddaughter…..she would enjoy it.

Nichole
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Nichole
1 year 11 months ago

Would love to take my daughter to see this for Christmas

Reham Ghali
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Reham Ghali
1 year 11 months ago

Great memories and peace.

Jeff Bognar
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Jeff Bognar
1 year 11 months ago

World peace.

Marti
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Marti
1 year 11 months ago

It would be magical to win these tickets!!

Maggie Eaton
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Maggie Eaton
1 year 11 months ago

I would like 3 free tickets to see the nutcracker with my mom and dad for christmas, so we can spend some quality time together.

Angi Harris
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Angi Harris
1 year 11 months ago

We’ve never seen the Nutcracker or gone to a ballet – we have friends who just went and said it was a spectacular show! We’d love to win these tickets!
What do I want for Christmas? Most of all I want my family all together! I always look forward to having everyone home. Materially – my husband has been remodeling our master bath for over a year now – I’ve requested that he (or Santa) deliver a completed bathroom for Christmas!!!!

Jennifer Lindstrom
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Jennifer Lindstrom
1 year 11 months ago

I would love to take my daughter Emma. I wanted to meet our son for Christmas and he was born on 12/12.

Jennin
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Jennin
1 year 11 months ago

I want complete happiness this Christmas!

Robyn Roode
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Robyn Roode
1 year 11 months ago

I would love to take my 11 year old daughter to this as a Christmas gift!

Evelyn
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Evelyn
1 year 11 months ago

Our home would love to be blessed with a job. My husband has been out of work for almost a year.

Almaree Gordon
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Almaree Gordon
1 year 11 months ago

All I want for Christmas is good health for my family and friends!! We recently lost my brother-in-law Thanksgiving day unexpectedly and that has truly put a lot into perspective!!
I wouldn’t mind winning tickets to see the Carolina Ballet Nutcracker!!
Just grateful to see another day!!

Stacy barrington
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Stacy barrington
1 year 11 months ago

To see our children’s eyes light up Christmas morning~There is nothing more special.

Taylor Miron
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Taylor Miron
1 year 11 months ago

A little R&R with my family, away from work and our busy lives. Thanks for the chance to win tickets! My husband has been wanting to take me. Fingers crossed!

Mary O'Brien
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Mary O'Brien
1 year 11 months ago

I’d love these tickets!

Mary O'Brien
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Mary O'Brien
1 year 11 months ago

My daughter to be happy & see this show!

Millie Gilmartin
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Millie Gilmartin
1 year 11 months ago

Health for myself, family and friends! I’d like some exercise equipment too!

Will Atkinson
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Will Atkinson
1 year 11 months ago

My mom finishes up her radiation treatment for breast cancer this week and would love to take her to celebrate. I have all I want for Christmas and that’s my mom healthy again

Amber Taylor
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Amber Taylor
1 year 11 months ago

I’d love to be able to take my daughter to this magical version of The Nutcracker for Christmas since she’s never seen it live!

Barbara abrams
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Barbara abrams
1 year 11 months ago

I’d love to have all my children & grandchildren here with me. It has been over 15 years since we have been together for a holiday.

Jamie
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Jamie
1 year 11 months ago

I would love for Christmas I day with my husband. We have a 10 month old baby and very few family in the area so we have never had a date night with out him!

Ashley Lee
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Ashley Lee
1 year 11 months ago

Nutcracker tickets!

Yoanna Hamby-Martinez
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Yoanna Hamby-Martinez
1 year 11 months ago

I moved to Raleigh 14 years ago and have been wanting to go see it ever since. My husband and I will be married 5 years 12-22. It would be an awesome anniversary gift.

Brenda Weaver
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Brenda Weaver
1 year 11 months ago

Time spent with family enjoying a great show!

Mattie
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Mattie
1 year 11 months ago

I want to bring a Veteran home for the holidays that is to far away to be with their family.

Amy
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Amy
1 year 11 months ago

Tickets to the Nutcracker Ballet of course! What a great generous giveaway. My son would love to see this. Fingers are crossed. TIA! Merry Holidays!

Kanak Singh
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Kanak Singh
1 year 11 months ago

I have never been to these kind of performances. I always watched on television. If I will get tickets, this will be the best Christmas gift ever for me. Thank you for giving away two tickets.

Suzanne Tutwiler
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Suzanne Tutwiler
1 year 11 months ago

I would love to take my daughter to see the Nutcracker. We’ve never seen this performance. This would be a sweet gift.

Leicar Garner
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Leicar Garner
1 year 11 months ago

I would like world peace for Christmas.

Emily Quinlog
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Emily Quinlog
1 year 11 months ago

I want to just spend some quality time with my family for Christmas. I have an amazing husband and two great boys and I love spending time with them.

Jennie DeVoe
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Jennie DeVoe
1 year 11 months ago

Would love my girls to experience the Nutcracker!

michelle lingley
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michelle lingley
1 year 11 months ago

all I want for Christmas is for my family to be together happy and healthy

Dani
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Dani
1 year 11 months ago

For Christmas, I would love to feel peaceful

Kristin
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Kristin
1 year 11 months ago

I really want some good, quality family time for Christmas this year!

Katelyn Paul
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Katelyn Paul
1 year 11 months ago

I would like many more Christmases with my grandmother!

Christina Pace
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Christina Pace
1 year 11 months ago

2015 was rough on our family. For Christmas, my only wish is that our family continues to grow stronger together in 2016 like we have the last 6 months.

I don’t get to take my daughter to things like this often because of cost and this would be a wonderful mommy/daughter date night for us to remember forever.

Tika
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Tika
1 year 11 months ago

For Christmas, I’d love to win these tickets and finally enjoy a relaxing outing with my husband 🙂

Mabelle Sardinas
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Mabelle Sardinas
1 year 11 months ago

What I want for Christmas is to give my beautiful 7 year old foster daughter the best Christmas. I can remember having so much fun with all of my family and playing with my siblings and cousins was the most fun. I’d like to give her as close to that kind of experience as possible.

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