by Sam Hawkins
Illustration by Olga Nabatova
This winter, Lighthouse Immersive will open their doors to the public for a contemporary re-imagining of The Nutcracker—the beloved holiday tradition that dates back over 200 years.
“We want to involve people in the spirit of this story in a way that feels closer and more tangible than in a stage production or film.”
Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle
“This is a new type of show, a new type of performance, with a lot of movement, and even more atmosphere.”
At roughly 30 minutes in length, the Lighthouse Immersive team—spearheaded by Artistic Director Janna Stepanova—has taken artistic liberties to adapt what was originally based on a German short story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. They’ve created a well-paced and equally bedazzling experience, not unlike something one might find in the pages of an enchanted storybook.
Commenting on the production, Stepanova’s goal is clear: “We want to involve people in the spirit of this story in a way that feels closer and more tangible than in a stage production or film. We want our audience to feel like they've taken a journey through the many magical settings of The Nutcracker. Whether that means travelling through the Enchanted Forest, breaking bread in the Holiday Hall, or heading deep inside a beautifully adorned Christmas tree, audiences are in for a totally immersive experience. And while certain concessions must be made—not all of The Nutcracker’s original characters will be included, for example—there is sure to be plenty of surprises nevertheless.
With that said, one thing we can certainly expect is that an emphasis will be placed on music. “Tchaikovsky plays a huge role in the show, especially since there is no spoken dialogue. The music is the main part that tells us a story. By allowing the music to speak for itself, we're able to bring incredible emotions to our story and the characters, while keeping the show accessible for a wider audience,” says Stepanova.
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