One more “Nut’ to crack

Dec 18, 2013
Photo by: Valentin Baranovsky Belfast’s Colonial Theatre wraps up its “Mariinsky Theatre’s Nutcracker” series Christmas week.

Belfast — This holiday season, SpectiCast and EuroArts Music brings the magic of Tchaikovsky’s beloved “Nutcracker” ballet to select theaters including the downtown Colonial. This sumptuous traditional production was filmed in HD at the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the original “Nutcracker” was first performed over 120 years ago.

Final screenings are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 24, at noon; and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 28 and 29, at 2 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St.

“The Nutcracker” tells the story of a young girl Clara, who is given a nutcracker doll for Christmas. After it is broken by her brother, Clara cares for the wounded nutcracker, which later saves her from the evil Mouse King and is then transformed into a heroic prince. Together, the prince and Clara travel to an enchanted island where celebrations, hosted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, are held in their honor.

The show runs 105 minutes. Tickets are $12, $8 for teens and $5 for children.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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