For some families, a performance of “The Nutcracker” is a Christmas tradition; for others, this ballet, any ballet, is exotic and perhaps intimidating, an art form that speaks an unfamiliar visual language.
The Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre wants to bring those audiences together with a production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic that is accessible and sized to fit families, said Scott Fraser, the company’s managing director.
“Everything’s on a human scale,” Fraser said of the production playing at Dorchester’s Strand Theatre. “It’s a fantastic introduction to a live production for children. Both the theater and the production itself are intimate.”
“The Nutcracker” returns to the Strand for a third year, with a sold-out matinee Sunday, Dec. 22, organized in cooperation with Globe Santa. The program distributed 100 free tickets to Globe Santa families, but that is just part of the ballet company’s effort to give less fortunate children a special holiday experience.
Fraser said the company originally planned to distribute 2,000 tickets through Globe Santa and other nonprofit partners. But after they began running out at the end of October, supporters donated enough for an additional 1,000 tickets to be distributed to Dorchester residents.
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