These unprecedented times have forced us to get creative to continue to bring treasured traditions to life during the holiday season. Alamo City Dance Company, in association with Symphony Viva, presents their 28th annual Nutcracker as a retelling of the classic Christmas story with a sweet San Antonio twist. Using 4K video of our dancers and Symphony Viva, this film was shot at the Witte Museum and Southwest School for Arts following strict guidelines for COVID-19. We will be sharing this with local hospitals, nonprofits, and other organizations. Please join us for this magical experience and buy your tickets to this film and help us bring this to life by buying a membership to help support this project and more like it. There is a special performance and appearance from our friends at Eva's Heroes too! We could not imagine this holiday tradition without them. Make sure you stay tuned to see their beautiful dancing as the Sugarplum Fairy and Spanish dancers.
The Nutcracker Commemorative Program
With grace and humility, we would like to extend our most sincere apologies to the following individuals and offer corrections to the program:
The role of Clara is performed by Madeleine Burroughs
The Nutcracker Dance Film Synopsis
It’s the year 2020 and the magic of Drosselmeyer has never been more needed. As a skilled magician, time has no effect on Drosselmeyer, so they visit their Toy Shoppe and select a special purple Nutcracker to share with the people of San Antonio this year. Drosselmeyer disguises themself for the 21st-century, and plants the Nutcracker in the Witte Museum, where only the most kind and creative person may find him.
Clara, a high school student, arrives at the museum later that day and hears a voice call out to her. Puzzled, she searches the empty museum only to find a strange purple Nutcracker. Intrigued, she takes the Nutcracker and continues to search for the calming voice calling out to her. Eventually, she finds a peaceful place to take a nap after a long day of school.
Groggily, Clara awakes to discover that she is wearing the most beautiful of gowns. Confused, Clara searches for clues about when and where she might be. Suddenly, she hears the voice call out to her again, and she runs about the museum searching for who could be calling to her in this strange alternate world.
Finally, we see that it is our dear friend, The Sugarplum Fairy, who has been calling out to Clara. For the Sugarplum Fairy knows something that we do not: It is not just one special Nutcracker that can be turned into a Prince, but that every Nutcracker has the potential. All it takes is faith, creativity, and the power of the Sugarplum Fairy to make a plain Nutcracker doll into a handsome Prince.
Finally, Clara finds the Sugarplum Fairy with her Attendants, and realizes the Nutcracker is getting more strong and powerful, and that she thinks she can even hear his heartbeat! The Sugarplum Fairy, delighted at the cleverness and care of Clara, casts a spell with her magic wand to expedite the Nutcracker’s transformation to a Prince. We see visions of a great battle with The Nutcracker and Rat King, and suddenly the Prince is free! The Sugarplum Fairy, Clara, and the Prince dance to rejoice the magic of Nutcracker.
The Sugarplum calls out to her sweet friends, and organizes a festival for Clara and the Prince. Chocolate swirls, Coffee steams, Tea pours, Marzipan reads, Trepak leaps, Polichinelles skip, and Dancing Doll performs for Clara and the Prince. Overcome with joy, Clara and the Prince find themselves dancing until an entire garden of Flowers and Butterflies waltz along too.
In a flash, Clara finds herself back in the Witte of today. But where has The Nutcracker gone? The museum has now opened and is filled with students studying, young couples, playful school children on a field trip, mischievous boys, and a boy that looks all too familiar. But wasn’t it all a dream? A good magician, like Drosselmeyer, never reveals their secrets.
Eva's Heroes Digital Nutcracker
The stars of Eva's Heroes will present their digital re-imagining of the magic of the Sugarplum Fairy and the Spanish variation this year. Their performances can be found immediately following the Dance Film. Make sure to get your digital streaming link today to see these dancers in action!
Our Nutcracker History
The Alamo City Dance Company (ACDC)'s original full-length production of The Nutcracker premiered in 1991 with a cast of 50 performers. Originally choreographed by Scott M. Conway, The Nutcracker has enjoyed a rich history with the Alamo City Dance Company, quickly becoming a holiday tradition. As the production grew, the company has had the opportunity to perform alongside professional artists including Cornell Crabtree and Jenna Lavin of New York City Ballet, Carolina Capdevila of Compania Nacional de Mexico, Stephanie Murrish and Daniil Giafullin of the Bolshoi Ballet, Jennifer Goodman, Luke Joiner, Maia Wilkins, Michael Levine, Season DeAngelis, and Mauro Villabueva of Joffrey Ballet Chicago.
Alamo City Performing Arts' The Nutcracker is a San Antonio favorite, sure to be enjoyed by the entire family!
We will have a special bonus footage that includes Eva's Heroes. It would not be a Nutcracker without them included.
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Tiff's Treats Community First Health Plans University Health Bexar County City of San Antonio Witte Museum Southwest School of Art Box Office Realty Services