Birmingham Ballet's 'The Muttcracker' shows how cute cute can be

BIRMINGHAM -- So you want to see cute? Do you want to go “wow” this Christmas? Then you have got to be at the Birmingham Ballet’s “The Muttcracker” on Friday night at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex concert hall.

The ballet is the traditional “The Nutcracker,” but the “mutt” prefix means dogs join the dancers onstage. Lots of them: Afghans, Yorkies, Pugs, Corgies, Cavaliers, Great Danes, Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Labradors and, yes, Pig the Unusual Dog, the short-spined mixed-breed that is famous all over the world.

“The Muttcracker” is a benefit for the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, so a portion of each ticket sold goes to help shelter animals in the Birmingham area.

This is the fifth year for “The Muttcracker.” Performances of Birmingham Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” follow on Saturday and Sunday at the BJCC. Go here for details.

Many of the dogs that “dance” in “The Muttcracker” have specific routines they perform. Others, like our pugs, pretty much sit there, though audience members will be surprised with the opening scene, which features our new pug, Casey, and his sister, Loren, along with our black pug Peerey.

Meanwhile, Pig the Unusual Dog is the Sugar Plum fairy’s dog again this year. Pig, now 3 years old, dances like no dog can dance.

About 150 humans also dance as part of “The Muttcracker’s” and “The Nutcracker’s” cast.

You will not be disappointed with the performance, and if you attend “The Muttcracker” on Friday, you’ll be helping GBHS and shelter animals in Birmingham.

Go here for tickets.

Joey Kennedy

Joey Kennedy is president and publisher of Animal Advocates of Alabama. A Pulitzer Prize winner, Kennedy worked for more than 33 years at The Birmingham News.

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