The Nutcracker

Celebrate the season with your favorite holiday tradition...

54th Annual Production
Presented by the Georgia B. Lucas Foundation Fund

The holiday season officially begins with the return of Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker, now celebrating its 54th year. Stephen Mills' seasonal classic, based on a version of the 200-year-old story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, follows Clara's wintry adventures, from her battle with rowdy rodents to her triumphs at the Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Enjoy enchanting sets and costumes, animated choreography, and a cast of hundreds, including Ballet Austin's professional company of dancers and the accomplished students of the Ballet Austin Academy. Share this heart-warming tradition with your family and friends! Featuring live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra.

CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills  |  MUSIC: Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky | LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT: Austin Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 3-23 | The Long Center


Production Sponsors: Austin Energy, H-E-B, Late European, JW Marriott Austin, Sterling Affairs & Events

Endowed in part by the generosity of the Kuglen Foundation–Dr. and Mrs. Craig Kuglen through the Ballet Austin Foundation.

Run Time:  Approximately two (2) hours with one 20-minute intermission between Act II and Act II


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What People Are Saying...

The new sets and costumes were complemented brilliantly

(both literally and figuratively) by veteran Tony Tucci’s lighting design. It was the combination of these three visual elements that gave the production a new sheen.

The Austin-American Statesman  //  Claire Spera  //  Dec 12, 2013  //  Read Entire Article

Mills offers us a Nutcracker where gorgeous dancers and animated children,

all in sumptuous costumes, take us back again for the first time to the land of sweets.

The Chronicle  //  Dawn Davis Loring  //  Dec 21, 2012  //  Read Entire Article

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