A guide to Wichita’s five different ‘Nutcracker’ productions this year
It used to be that fans of “The Nutcracker” had two choices in Wichita every Christmas season.
They could catch a classic performance at Friends University put on by longtime ballet teachers Stan and Sharon Rogers, or they could snag tickets to Ballet Wichita’s version at Century II’s Concert Hall.
This year, it’s not so simple.
The popular Christmas ballet, which follows the adventures of young Clara as she travels though a magical candy world, is being put on by at least five different groups in Wichita this Christmas, and the performances people are used to seeing from Friends and Century II will be completely different.
Here’s a guide to all of “The Nutcrackers” Wichita has to choose from this year.
MOSCOW BALLET’S “GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER”
The first offering of “The Nutcracker” happens this weekend at The Orpheum, and it will be performed by a touring group of Russian dancers. This version, performed to a recorded soundtrack, features hand-painted sets and a several Russian touches, including a lead character named Masha, a dancing Dove of Peace, on-stage puppets and a few acrobatics thrown in. Though it’s a traveling company, several local children auditioned for and will appear in the dance.
Details: 3 p.m. Sunday, Wichita Orpheum, 220 N. Broadway. $32-$179, www.selectaseat.com, 316755-7328;
Moscow Ballet will perform “The Great Russian Nutcracker” on Sunday at The Orpheum.
A new version of “The Nutcracker,” intended for ballet fans with short attention spans, will be performed by Dance Mechanix.