“Nutcracker Key West” blends the traditional storyline of “The Nutcracker” with quintessential Florida Keys elements, transforming the tale of young Clara’s dreamlike visit to the land of the Sugarplum Fairy into an island and undersea fantasy. The seven-show run begins Saturday, Dec. 13.
The performance stars a 15-member professional corps de ballet along with more than 50 Keys children and other local performers. Together, they bring the timeless story — spiced with a Keys flavor — to life onstage at the Tennessee Williams Theatre.
Joyce Stahl, a Key West resident who conceived and created the production after a 38-year association with New Jersey’s American Repertory Ballet, directs the dancers and actors.
The Key West ballet features dance sequences including a dream battle where toy sailors protect Clara from the Rooster King, recalling the island’s free-range chicken population. A scene set on the Keys’ living coral reef features young children costumed as phosphorescent anemones and colorful fish.
Audiences can choose from evening and matinee performances, and show dates continue through Dec. 21. Ticket prices begin at $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.keystix.com or by calling 305-295-7676.