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
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
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.
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.