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Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.4 Stars)

Number of reviews: 36

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2.0 star rating Sam from San Antonio, Texas

OVERPRICED AND UNDERWHELMING

My friend and I had never seen a ballet show before, and we were excited. The advertising for this show is impressive to say the least, and the tickets ended up being over $60+ after fees and taxes for the balcony seats. We were expecting something engaging... but we ended up quite disappointed by the show. It just felt... underwhelming and quite boring. Yes, the costumes were beautiful and there were some beautiful dancers and scenes, but I did not feel wowed by this show. More than a few times, we were distracted by the dancers' inability to stay in perfect sync with each other. The little children were cute, but they made the show feel like a grade school play since it seemed like they hadn't trained enough. For the cultural dances in the second part of the show, they had felt the need to add ridiculous animal mascots during the dances and it came off as distracting to me. There was no live orchestra. The entire show felt like it was lacking something.

2.0 star rating Paige from Atlanta, Georgia

THE SHOW

I booked the Nutcracker at the Fox because I thought it would be the real story of the nutcracker through ballet. The show felt like I was watching a performance from my daughter’s ballet school. I just expected a show that was as comparable to the Rockettes since it was at the Fox Theater. I was very disappointed and at $150 a ticket it was not worth it at all. The story line did not make any sense and was not the nutcracker version. Some performances were good, but not great and definitely not worth the price at the Fox Theater. Many years ago the shows at the Fox were professional shows like seeing a broadway show. This nutcracker was not even close. Very disappointing. The kids sitting in front of me made comments to their parents saying they felt like they were watching a show from their dance school.Words from a kids mouth”truth”.Going further I will read reviews before seeing another show at the Fox.

2.0 star rating Optimistic but disappointed from El Paso, TX

NOT AS EXPECTED

Very surprised and distracted by music, not live but recorded, and actually not well mixed. Some good dancers, but not all. Second half more enjoyable but more like an acrobatic show than ballet. Would not attend this show again, nor recommend.

1.0 star rating Disappointed from Detroit, Michigan

DISAPPOINTMENT

Very few professional level dancers in this production. Elementary choreography and tons of local students to distract you from the poor quality of the company dancers. No live music-don’t waste your money.

1.0 star rating Jennifer from Albuquerque, New Mexico

WORST NUTCRACKER YET

I am a dancer, who has danced in the nutcracker and this was a shoddy excuse for a ballet advertised as being from Moscow it seemed like 50%of the dancers were kids from Abq not ready for stage and the other 45% were young B (or C) company dancers who were still training to be professional. Then there were 2-4 dancers who were obviously beautifully trained veterans who posed for all the misleading advertisements. Don't expect the tree to grow, don't expect any snow to fall during "snow" and don't expect the choreography to make sense with the storyline or music. Also the venue doesn't close the doors and the wonderfully polite and educated people here in the Q will make sure that stand up in front of you 20- 30 times so they can get a beer, popcorn or whatever. They won't duck down or wait for the scenes to switch and the venue encourages them. Let's them show up 30 min late and guides them in with flashlights.... Worst money ever spent.. Extremely boring and stressful. I want a refund!

1.0 star rating Dee from Naples, Florida

POOR POOR POOR

Thank goodness I bought last minute rush tickets for $15 each. The live orchestra and the little kids were fine, but the story line, the choreography, the over the top costumes, the over sized animals, and the dancing were poor poor poor. At one point my daughter and I looked at each other and just had to laugh. Maybe we are too critical having grown up taking ballet, attending Boston Ballet, and here in Naples attending Miami City Ballet...but I have to wonder why Artis Naples would book this second rate version of the Nutcracker. There were many empty seats, so maybe they won't be back! Save your money and watch it on tv.

1.0 star rating Maria V. from Vancouver, British Columbia

THIS PERFORMANCE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GREAT RUSSIA BALLET

I was born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Going to Mariinsky Theatre regularly was a part of my life back when. I know what quality to expect from real Russian ballet. The performance of this so-called Moscow ballet was weak and disappointing. Lack of choreography and complex ballet moves was partially offset by nice costumes. Impressive Arabian dance was a gymnastics gig, not ballet. Costumes are the only thing which made me to give this performance one star. Otherwise, I'd give it a zero.

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