11/30/2012 02:16 pm ET

The Nutcracker, A Magical New Play At The Arsht Center (PHOTOS, VIDEO)


For a few of us out there, tradition during the holidays is important -- and all around the holiday season, spending time with family and catching a performance of The Nutcracker is just that.

But let's say ballet is not your kids' thing, and maybe you're looking for something to do with your family for the holidays here in Miami beyond a day at the mall -- The Nutcracker, A Magical New Play could be for you.

The famed House Theatre of Chicago partnered with our own Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts for a third consecutive season to present the new holiday-themed production, playing now through December 30.

The updated classic is no longer a ballet, but rather an "affirmative and emotional" play about young Clara's journey to save Christmas, bringing her broken family back together from a terrible and surprising loss.

"This contemporary holiday theater piece weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original songs and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope," says the Arsht.

And staged in the round in the Center’s intimate 200-seat Carnival Studio Theater, there is no bad seat. Your kids will love it, your Aunt M will love it, it’s hip and entertaining, the set and costumes are clever and magical and for $45, to me, it’s worth every cent.

(Check the Arscht's Parental Guide for more.) -- Jipsy

Tickets to The Nutcracker, A Magical New Play are $45 at



The Nutcracker A Magical New Play