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Experience the Magic of The Nutcracker with Russian Ballet Orlando at the Polk Theatre

Russian Ballet Orlando Nutcracker Lakeland Florida

This holiday season, your family can experience the magic of The Nutcracker at the historic Polk Theatre in Lakeland. This stunning holiday performance by Russian Ballet Orlando is the perfect addition to your Christmas celebrations!

The Nutcracker will be performed by the professional company and students from Russian Ballet Orlando, a premier ballet school in Central Florida.

Brand new in 2021 – the rich, melodic score of The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky will be performed LIVE by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra during the performances on December 12th at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. This combination of a live ballet performance with a live orchestra performance will be a one-of-a-kind Nutcracker experience you don’t want to miss!

We get to surprise one Lakeland Mom reader with a 4 pack of tickets to enjoy the performance on Sunday at 5pm. Giveaway details are below.

This article and all giveaways are sponsored by Russian Ballet Orlando.

Tickets for The Nutcracker in Lakeland

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Purchase tickets today for your family to experience this grand production of The Nutcracker!

Saturday, December 11 @ 6 PM (no orchestra)
Sunday, December 12 @ 1 PM with the Orlando Philharmonic
Sunday, December 12 @ 5 PM with the Orlando Philharmonic

The Polk Theatre – 121 South Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801
Visit the Polk Theatre Website to Purchase Tickets
Seating at the Polk Theatre is spaced for social distancing. Larger groups desiring to sit together please call the box office at 863-682-7553 for group seating.

Have you ever wondered whether The Nutcracker ballet performances are all the same? 

The answer is no! Even if you have seen The Nutcracker performed before, this will be a new experience. While the beloved Tchaikovsky score is used as the music for each Nutcracker performance, and most follow the basic outline, the story varies from production to production. Ballet companies choreograph their own show with variations on the characters and the storyline, and the music may also be revised for length. Some productions only use adults as dancers, while others incorporate children and teens for many of the roles. 

This performance of The Nutcracker by Russian Ballet Orlando features original choreography. Use your imagination as you follow Clara’s journey on Christmas Eve from Drosselmeyer’s gifts under the Christmas tree, to the battle between the mice and toy soldiers, through the Snowflakes and Land of the Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Children will love this performance of The Nutcracker in Lakeland, it features children from ages 5 and up. Girls and boys watching the performance will love seeing other children their same age performing on the stage. Some may find it inspiring for their own future dance performances, and others will simply enjoy being able to relate to the other children and teens on stage.  

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More about Russian Ballet Orlando

Russian Ballet Orlando performs 20-30 shows each year across Florida. They wowed local audiences in Lakeland in 2020 with two sold-out performances of The Nutcracker, and again this year with Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Esmeralda.

Russian Ballet Orlando includes a Professional Ballet Company, a Pre-Professional Trainee Program, and a ballet academy for ages 3 and up. They train students in the Russian “Vaganova” method, with many who go on to become professional dancers. Their ballet students have the opportunity to perform on stage throughout the year, providing real-world training experiences with a focus only on ballet and point.

Russian Ballet Orlando has a unique Polk County connection… in the fall of 1996, Vadim Fedotov, Principal Dancer of the National Theater of Ukraine, came to the US temporarily and accepted an offer to choreograph a 30 minute Nutcracker on Ice at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida. He was offered a resident position with Orlando Ballet and went on to open Russian Ballet Orlando in 2000. His daughter, Katerina Fedotova, is now Artistic Director and President. It all started with The Nutcracker here in Polk County!

Visit the Russian Ballet Orlando website to learn more about their unique history or their dance programs.

Future shows at the Polk Theatre include Romeo & Juliet and La Bayadere, and we look forward to enjoying Russian Ballet Orlando performances here in Lakeland.

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Nutcracker Ticket Giveaway

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Russian Ballet Orlando has provided us with a pack of 4 tickets to give away to Lakeland Mom readers! Submit your name and email below to enter to win tickets for the for the 5pm performance of The Nutcracker on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at the Polk Theatre.

The deadline to enter to win is Sunday, November 15, 2021 at 8pm. Winners will be contacted via email or text. Full contest rules are at the end of this post.


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