CEDAR RAPIDS -- "The Nutcracker" is a shimmering, triumphant pas de deux for Orchestra Iowa and Ballet Quad Cities. This stunning new holiday collaboration opened to cheers, shouts, multiple bursts of applause throughout and an instant standing ovation Saturday afternoon (12/1) at the Paramount Theatre. Organizers expect at least 4,000 people to see the production this weekend. A few seats were empty for the opening matinee. Larger crowds were expected for the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon performances, but some tickets remain for each. To check for availability, go to www.paramounttheatrecr.com The production will move to the Quad Cities Dec. 8 and 9, with three performances at the Adler Theatre in Davenport. "Gorgeous" is the predominant declaration throughout my notes, punctuated with several "magnificents." This is a top-flight production, with the same crispness and musicality we expect from Orchestra Iowa, made all the more glorious by the marvelous professional ballet troupe from the Quad Cities. Local children, perfectly rehearsed by Carol Rezabek, charmed the audience as scampering mice, regal angels, colorful French clowns, toy soldiers and party guests. Angelic voices from the orchestra’s young Discovery Chorus, directed by Amy Hanisch, added crystalline glow to the enchanting Land of Snow.
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