If “The Nutcracker” was one of your family’s holiday traditions (or even if it wasn’t), take heart, you can still see it this year, from the comfort of home. No, it’s not the same as venturing to McCaw Hall, or another favorite venue, but let’s look on the bright side: You don’t have to drive, you don’t have to park the car, you don’t have to worry about kids fidgeting or dozing off.
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s online version of “The Nutcracker” begins streaming this week. It’s the same version we’ve enjoyed live for several years, and here’s what you need to know:
- The basic package is $39 for streaming beginning Dec. 18 (through Dec. 26).
- If you upgrade to Digital Performance Plus ($55), access begins Friday, Dec. 11, and includes extras such as behind-the-scenes videos, a gallery of costume sketches and Olivia’s reading list.
They’ve even provided a page of tech tips for how this actually works.
‘Nutcracker’ at home: More ideas for making this fun:
- Wear your holiday best. Or your holiday PJs.
- Make a special dinner, with sparkling beverages. Or a special breakfast with hot cocoa.
- Short attention spans? Watch in several sessions.
- Can’t get enough? Watch over and over!
- Add-on a custom Nutcracker gift box with surprises from PNB’s Amusements Gift Shop (allow time for shipping).
- The show runs a little over an hour and a half and, if you’re keeping track, it’s an archival recording from Nov. 21, 2018.
Another thing to keep in mind: This is a way you can help PNB which, like other arts organizations, is struggling mightily with the inability to perform before crowds. In fact, if it fits with your family budget, go beyond the streaming fee and make an additional donation.