Nothing gets you more in the holiday spirit than the classic Tchaikovsky music that accompanies The Nutcracker ballet. The Ballethnic Dance Company brings this seminal ballet up to date in Urban Nutcracker.

This twist includes the same story, but with relatable characters playing a few streets over from the campus of Georgia Tech in the heart of sweet Auburn.  In you go to the 1940’s home of attorney Johnson, which promises to be one heck of a party.

In this version, a young girl, Sarah, is smitten with her toy nutcracker made by the Godfather professor after a showcase of life size dolls. During her admiration, the toy is yanked from her by brother Leroy and he tears off an arm. Not to worry; the professor comes to the rescue.

Later that night, Sarah sneaks down to find her toy, only to discover a passage to a parallel world that takes her on an adventure of sweets, Coca-Cola, and celebration.

With a large cast, this version of Nutcracker is diverse and whimsical with an urban twist.

Waverly T. Lucas, co-founder of Ballethic, developed this story that is a sure way to get in the mindset of the holiday season. This season, start a new holiday tradition with the Urban Nutcracker.

Urban Nutcracker runs thought November 18th at the Ferst Center for the Arts on the campus of Georgia Tech. For tickets visit:

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