Nutcracker Ballet - Portland (ME)

Performances
NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet
State Theatre
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 7:00 pm
207.956.6000

Experience NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet 2022 in Portland, ME

This Christmas, bring the whole family back to a simpler time with NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet! The acclaimed holiday tradition is LIVE in theaters for the 30th Anniversary tour. Gather friends and family to re-live your fondest childhood dreams, overflowing with larger-than-life puppets, breath-taking acrobatics and dazzling costumes. Experience the exquisite artistry of the international cast, featuring stars of Ukraine ballet, performing at the highest level of classical technique. Share in the message of Peace and Harmony at Drouin Dance Center in Portland!

The State Theatre in Portland

Welcome to the home of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet in Portland: The State Theatre! A historic theater featuring a combination of Moorish and Art Deco architecture, the State Theatre's doors opened to the public for the first time November 8, 1929, when tickets were ten cents to a quarter, to 2,200 invited patrons for Gloria Swanson's first talkie, The Trespasser. It then served as a top-tier first run motion picture house for over 30 years. The State only flirted briefly with silent films and vaudville before transitioning completely to Hollywood's biggest first run sound films of the day. In the mid-1930s the State Theatre began a children's matinee program, showing the most popular cartoons of the day, such as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Popeye. Since its grand re-opening in October 2010 under the partnership of Crothers and The Bowery Presents, the State Theatre has hosted such acts as the Avett Brothers, Elvis Costello, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Trey Anastasio, Mastodon, Gillian Welch, Iron & Wine, Bright Eyes, Excision, Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Flux Pavilion, Pretty Lights, FUN, Of Monsters of Men, MGMT, and Arctic Monkeys.

Portland Partner Ballet Studio: Drouin Dance Center

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing alongside the full international professional cast are local Portland children from Drouin Dance Center. Drouin Dance Center (DDC) students range from age one through seventy, and some families have danced with DDC across three generations. Curriculum is written for recreational dancers as well as students aspiring to study dance at an intensive pre-professional level, with all students developing self-esteem and self-discipline. Skilled, professional and high energy instructors constantly continue their own studies of dance and dance education. The studio is proud to be affiliated with the prestigious Dance Masters of America organization. As one of the few schools in the state of Maine that is affiliated and studies with Dance Masters of America, studio instructors are certified by test. Instructors have danced professionally and have strong national dance credentials. Most importantly, they are educators.