Tacoma City Ballet is finally doing a different “Nutcracker” – and it’s starting now. Not the ballet itself, which will be a locally-choreographed prequel to the familiar story of Clara and the magic nutcracker-Prince who takes her to a fantastical land of sweets. No, what’s happening now is a challenge to search local businesses to find the nut itself, which TCB director Erin Ceragioli calls “Krakatuk” and which (temporarily) exists in physical form for lucky readers to find for prizes.
After 15 years of faithfully recreating as close to the original Russian “Nutcracker” as she could, Ceragioli is now creating her own story. Opening on Dec. 7, 2013, the prequel involves a beautiful princess under a curse by the evil Mouse Queen, a curse which must be broken by the magical Krakatuk Nut and whoever cracks it.
To stir up interest, Ceragioli has hand-made several gold-painted nuts in jeweled cases, and will hide them each month at a different business in downtown Tacoma. If you find one, you keep it, plus additional prizes such as ballet tickets or merchandise.
How do you find Krakatuk? Here’s the February clue, in poetry form courtesy of TCB:
Searching for the Krakatuk Nut you are?
Then like Drosselmeyer you must travel far.
Look for beautiful boxes containing the Golden Nut
And other delightful prizes – who can imagine what?
Only two boxes are hidden this month in our fair city
And to figure our February’s clue, you must be quite witty.
For some royal reading with two cats both friendly and furry,
Come shop downtown where you won’t have to hurry.