The Nutcracker: a rite of passage for Boise students

Thousands of Boise School District students were treated to another stunning Ballet Idaho performance of the Nutcracker last week.

One by one, dozens of yellow school buses stopped in front of the Morrison Center, where staff ushered kids and parents into designated seats for the annual performance, which was provided free of charge. The event typically costs upwards of $100 per ticket.

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Boise School District has partnered with Ballet Idaho for more than 10 years, providing opportunities for students to enjoy performances during the Christmas holiday season. 

“Between students in grades 3-6, our hope is that all students will be able to see such a performance during their comprehensive education with us,” the district wrote in a press release.

The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman.  Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same; The story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.

Darren Svan

Darren Svan

Reporter Darren Svan is based in North Idaho and has a background in both journalism and education. Prior to working for military schools at overseas installations, he was news editor at several publications in Wyoming and Colorado. You can send news tips to [email protected].

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