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Waltz into the winter season with the spectacular 62nd annual presentation of The Nutcracker…the longest-running production of this holiday classic in the state of Texas!

Join us for this timeless story of a young girl, Clara, as she follows her dream-inspired adventures through a twinkling winter wonderland to the Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Featuring exquisite costumes and astonishing sets, enjoy the artistry of a cast of more than one hundred artists on stage. With live accompaniment by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s timeless score comes to life with music and choreography sure to warm the season and create lasting magical memories!

CHOREOGRAPHY | Stephen Mills
MUSIC | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT | Austin Symphony Orchestra
RUN TIME | 120 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission (Act I: 50 min. | Act II: 50 min.)


  • Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 22 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m.

*Audio description available for this performance.

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Live Accompaniment

Known for his innovative and collaborative choreographic projects, Stephen Mills has works in the repertoires of dance companies across the United States and around the world.

His international career began in 1998 after being chosen Prix d’Auteur at les Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis in Paris.  In his inaugural season as Artistic Director of Ballet Austin in 2000, Mills attracted national attention with Hamlet, hailed by Dance Magazine as “…sleek and sophisticated.”

Mills’ works showcased at The Kennedy Center include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, and performances at the Ballet Across America Festival in collaboration with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

In 2005 Mills developed a community-wide human rights collaborative dialogue culminating in his signature work Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project for which he received the Audrey and Raymond Maislin Humanitarian Award from The Anti-Defamation League. Mills contributed a podcast about Light to the Voices on Anti-Semitism series at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and was invited to speak about the work at The United Nations in 2014.  Light has been performed in five U.S. cities, in three cities in Israel, and was recently featured in an Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary, Sharing Light.


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is widely considered the most popular Russian composer in history. His work includes the ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘The Nutcracker.’

Who Was Tchaikovsky?

Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s work was first publicly performed in 1865. In 1868, his First Symphony was well-received. In 1874, he established himself with Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat Minor. Tchaikovsky resigned from the Moscow Conservatory in 1878 and spent the rest of his career composing yet more prolifically. Tchaikovsky is most celebrated for his ballets, specifically Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. He died in St. Petersburg on November 6, 1893.

Early Life

Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840, in Kamsko-Votkinsk, Vyatka, Russia. He was the second eldest of his parents’ six surviving offspring. Tchaikovsky’s father, Ilya, worked as a mine inspector and metal works manager.

When he was just five years old, Tchaikovsky began taking piano lessons. Although he displayed an early passion for music, his parents hoped that he would grow up to work in the civil service. At the age of 10, Tchaikovsky began attending the Imperial School of Jurisprudence, a boarding school in St. Petersburg. His mother, Alexandra, died of cholera in 1854, when he was 14 years old. In 1859, Tchaikovsky honored his parents’ wishes by taking up a bureau clerk post with the Ministry of Justice — a post he would hold for four years, during which time he became increasingly fascinated with music.

When he was 21, Tchaikovsky decided to take music lessons at the Russian Musical Society. A few months later, he enrolled at the newly founded St. Petersburg Conservatory, becoming one of the school’s first composition students. In addition to learning while at the conservatory, Tchaikovsky gave private lessons to other students. In 1863, he moved to Moscow, where he became a professor of harmony at the Moscow Conservatory.

Tchaikovsky’s Compositions


Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s work was first publicly performed in 1865, with Johann Strauss the Younger conducting Tchaikovsky’s Characteristic Dances at a Pavlovsk concert. In 1868, Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony was well-received when it was publicly performed in Moscow. The following year, his first opera, The Voyevoda, made its way to the stage — with little fanfare.

After scrapping The Voyevoda, Tchaikovsky repurposed some of its material to compose his next opera, Oprichnik, which achieved some acclaim when it was performed at the Maryinsky in St. Petersburg in 1874. By this time, Tchaikovsky had also earned praise for his Second Symphony. Also in 1874, his opera, Vakula the Smith, received harsh critical reviews, yet Tchaikovsky still managed to establish himself as a talented composer of instrumental pieces with his Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat Minor.

From ‘Swan Lake’ to ‘The Nutcracker’ Ballets

Acclaim came readily for Tchaikovsky in 1875, with his composition Symphony No. 3 in D Major. At the end of that year, the composer embarked on a tour of Europe. In 1876, he completed the ballet Swan Lake as well as the fantasy Francesca da Rimini. While the former has come to be one of the most frequently performed ballets of all time, Tchaikovsky again endured the ire of critics, who at its premiere panned it as too complex and too “noisy.”

Tchaikovsky resigned from the Moscow Conservatory in 1878 to focus his efforts entirely on composing. As a result, he spent the remainder of his career composing more prolifically than ever. His collective body of work constitutes 169 pieces, including symphonies, operas, ballets, concertos, cantatas and songs. Among his most famed late works are the ballets The Sleeping Beauty (1890) and The Nutcracker (1892).

Personal Life

Struggling with societal pressures to repress his homosexuality, in 1877, Tchaikovsky married a young music student named Antonina Milyukova. The marriage was a catastrophe, with Tchaikovsky abandoning his wife within weeks of the wedding. During a nervous breakdown, he unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide, and eventually fled abroad.

Tchaikovsky could afford to resign from the Moscow Conservatory in 1878, thanks to the patronage of a wealthy widow named Nadezhda von Meck. She provided him with a monthly allowance until 1890; oddly, their arrangement stipulated that they would never meet.


Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg on November 6, 1893. While the cause of his death was officially declared as cholera, some of his biographers believe that he committed suicide after the humiliation of a sex scandal trial. However, only oral (no written) documentation exists to support this theory.

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About the Austin Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc. is to enhance the cultural quality of life for the adults and young people of Austin and Central Texas by providing excellence in music performance and educational programming.”

Founded in 1911, the Austin Symphony Orchestra is Austin’s oldest performing arts group. The ASO offers a complete season of musical and educational programming. Masterworks concerts include a series of eight concert pairs running monthly September through May in the state-of-the-art Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts. Our season also features the Sarah & Ernest Butler Pops Series: October & February Pops at the Long Center and December & June Pops at Palmer Events Center. Programming for the entire family includes the Halloween Children’s Concert, and the Christmas in the Community, as well as the popular James C. Armstrong Youth Educations Programs, which include Children’s Day Art ParkYoung People’s ConcertsHigh School Concert Tour and a variety of other school programs.

Symphony Square at 11th and Red River is home to the ASO’s administrative offices. This complex of four historic Austin buildings (two of which are owned by the ASO and Waterloo Greenway) is also home to the Women’s Symphony League of Austin.

Please Note: As of January, 2021 our new temporary administration office is located at 1806 Rio Grande St., Austin, TX 78701.

Music Director, Maestro Peter Bay:

Austin Symphony Orchestra Musicians:


It is Christmas Eve at the Silberhaus residence as daughter Clara and her brother Fritz anxiously await their holiday party. Gifts are distributed. Clara receives a doll’s cradle and Fritz a trumpet. Suddenly, Clara’s mysterious Godfather, Drosselmeyer, appears with his nephew. Drosselmeyer wins the children over by producing life size dolls. After the dolls perform for the guests, Drosselmeyer presents Clara with a wooden nutcracker in the shape of a soldier. Out of jealousy, her brother Fritz takes the nutcracker from her and smashes her cherished gift. Clara is broken-hearted, but Drosselmeyer is able to repair the nutcracker. Clara is consoled and happily joins Drosselmeyer’s nephew to dance with the adults. As midnight approaches the guests depart and Clara and Fritz are sent to bed. The evening is seemingly over.


In the quiet of the evening, a pack of mice scurry into the parlor. Clara returns to the parlor to see her nutcracker once more. Suddenly she is surrounded by rats. A transformation takes place. The room begins to disappear and the tree begins to grow. A regiment of soldiers appears and a battle between the rats and the soldiers ensues. Clara’s nutcracker magically appears in human size and leads the battle. The nutcracker is suddenly overpowered by the Rat King. Clara stabs the Rat King with the nutcracker’s sword, sending him crashing to the ground. Because of Clara’s bravery, the nutcracker is transformed, revealing himself to be Drosselmeyer’s nephew, now a handsome Prince. The Prince takes her through the enchanting Land of Snow.


Magically, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince find themselves in a land filled with dancing snowflakes and a glistening Snow Queen and King. Clara is honored with their beautiful dancing. Wrapped up in a magnificent coil of never-ending snow, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince bid farewell to the Snow Queen and King and continue their journey to the court of the Sugar Plum Fairy.



Clara and the Nutcracker Prince arrive at a majestic castle. They are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her entire court. Clara tells of her encounter with the evil Rat King. In celebration, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Court dance for Clara. As the festivities draw to a close, Clara suddenly awakens to find herself back in her own home, with her nutcracker, once again a wooden doll, safely at her side. We are left to wonder if Clara’s adventure was real or simply a dream

Subject to change

Act I

Frau Silberhaus
Chelsea Marie Renner – Dec. 2 (7:30), 3, 9, 15, 17, 20, 22
Elise Pekarek – Dec. 2 (2:00), 8, 10, 16, 21, 23

Herr Silberhaus
James Fuller – Dec. 2 (7:30), 8, 9 (2:00), 15, 16 (2:00), 21, 22
Colin Canavan – Dec. 2 (2:00), 3, 9 (7:30), 10, 16 (7:30), 17, 20, 23

Ella Fallon – Dec. 2 (7:30), 10, 17, 23
Natalia Lule – Dec. 3, 8, 15, 20
Sophia Reass – Dec. 2 (2:00), 9 (7:30), 16 (7:30), 22
Amber Wang – Dec. 9 (2:00), 16 (2:00), 21

Ethan Fallon – Dec. 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23
August Gupton – Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10

Edward Carr

Ezra Schenck – Dec. 2 (7:30), 3, 9, 15, 17, 20, 22
Colin Heino – Dec. 2 (2:00), 8, 10, 16, 21, 23

Lexi Eicher – Dec. 2 (7:30), 3, 9, 15, 17, 20, 22
Meg Kataoka – Dec. 2 (2:00), 8, 10, 16, 21, 23

Celena Fornell, Katelyn Hagel, Courtney Holland, Isabelle Lapierre, Alyssa Manguiat, Grace Morton, Alexandra Owens, Dianetzy Rojas

Ian J. Bethany, Tristin Filsinger, Arnaldo Hernandez, Kyawzwa Jeremy Lwin, Paul Martin, Jack Morris, Leighton Taylor

Party Girls
Valentina Bernal, Noelle Biven, Gabrielle “Ella” Brinton, Mia Campos, Selena Chock, Hana Cornali, Ella Donaldson, Paloma Fuentes, Caroline Hunter, Audrey M. Johnson, Gabriela Catalina McArthur, Isabela Peña, Sadie Sarrat, Saki Takahashi, Katie Turner, Emma Urrutia, Samrawit Waelbroeck

Party Boys
Christopher Chapa, Brother Davis, Levitt Gregory, Joshua-Andrew Matta

Dresden Doll
Alyssa Manguiat – Dec. 2 (7:30), 3, 9, 15, 17, 20, 22
Sahel Flora Pascual – Dec. 2 (2:00), 8, 10, 16, 21, 23

Pierrot Doll
Colin Heino – Dec. 2 (7:30), 9 (2:00), 15, 22
Andrew Buckley – Dec. 2 (2:00), 3, 9 (7:30), 10, 16 (7:30), 17, 20, 23
Ezra Schenck – Dec. 8, 16 (2:00), 21

Teresa Angulo, Sophia Bergara, Dylan Skye Bosh, Pierce Bynum, Juniper Gurrola, Chloe Huang, Amelia James, Valentina Litchfield, Kaia Grace Meade, Rosy Royo, Stella Scroggins, Gemariah “Peach” Smith

Arya Barnes, Dahlia Bekanich, Emma Breed, Cassidy Burke, Chloe Chapman, Liza Coury, Ellison Estrada, Elizabeth Fric, Madilyn Friebertshauser, Felicia Gurrola, Ximena Jimenez, Melian Johnson, Sose Jade Johnson, Luka Khaja, Alice Kirklin, Bethany Liu, Malayna Lopez, Emma Lyons, Caroline McShane, Elizabeth Meade, Caroline Moss, Sophia Paull, Torrence Schallert, Eva Belle Terrazas, Nora Thompson, Kaleigh Xu

Nutcracker Prince
Ezra Schenck – Dec. 2 (7:30), 3, 9, 15, 17, 20, 22
Colin Heino – Dec. 2 (2:00), 8, 10, 16, 21, 23

Rat King
Jackson Rankin – Dec. 2 (7:30), 3, 9, 15, 17, 20, 22
Julius Taiber – Dec. 2 (2:00), 8, 10, 16, 21, 23

Alexa Dollar, Helena Kennison, Jordan Lovelace, Elianna Price, Jackson Rankin, Alice Rupp, Claire Sturgeon, Julius Taiber, Ava Tellier

Toy Soldiers
Milana Burrow, Dylan Dougherty, Kylie Jo Garcia, Phoebe Herbert, Miriam Hultgren, Trea Hultgren, Lisa Lule, Katelyn Merritt, Liliana Romriell, Kyla Scott, Madolyn Siela, Qiu Li Tovo-Hurt

Madeline Adams, Emma Campos, Addison Lynch, Isabella MacLeod, Lilianna Marchese, Emma Reiss, Sophia Sanders, Carmyn Zoghby

Snow Queen
Vivien Farrell – Dec. 2 (7:30), 9 (2:00), 15, 22
Isabella Phillips Lynch – Dec. 2 (2:00), 10, 16 (7:30), 23
Courtney Holland – Dec. 3, 9 (7:30), 17, 20
Dianetzy Rojas – Dec. 8, 16 (2:00), 21

Snow King
Colin Canavan – Dec. 2 (7:30), 9 (2:00), 15, 22
Ian J. Bethany – Dec. 2 (2:00), 10, 16 (7:30), 23
Morgan Stillman – Dec. 3, 9 (7:30), 17, 20
Jack Morris – Dec. 8, 16 (2:00), 21

Reagan Arenz, Amelia Bednar, Angelina Carbonaro, Christina Cole, Anika Crouser, Carly Darnell, Lexi Eicher, Celena Fornell, Katelyn Hagel, Alayna Hamade, Meg Kataoka, Isabelle Lapierre, Nya Mitchell, Alexandra Owens, Sahel Flora Pascual

Act II

Sugar Plum Fairy
Elise Pekarek – Dec. 2 (7:30), 9 (2:00), 15, 22
Chelsea Marie Renner – Dec. 2 (2:00), 10, 16 (7:30), 23
Katherine Deuitch – Dec. 3, 9 (7:30), 17, 20
Grace Morton – Dec. 8, 16 (2:00), 21

Morgan Stillman – Dec. 2 (7:30), 9 (2:00), 15, 22
Leighton Taylor – Dec. 2 (2:00), 10, 16 (7:30), 23
James Fuller – Dec. 3, 9 (7:30), 17, 20
Arnaldo Hernandez – Dec. 8, 16 (2:00), 21

Katherine Deuitch, James Fuller – Dec. 2 (7:30), 9 (2:00), 15, 22
Lexi Eicher, Paul Martin – Dec. 2 (2:00), 10, 16 (7:30), 23
Sahel Flora Pascual, Leighton Taylor – Dec. 3, 9 (7:30), 17, 20
Meg Kataoka, Jack Morris – Dec. 8, 16 (2:00), 21

Andrew Buckley, Colin Canavan, Tristin Filsinger, Colin Heino, Kyawzwa Jeremy Lwin, Jack Morris, Jackson Rankin, Julius Taiber

Dianetzy Rojas, Paul Martin Dec. 2 (7:30), 9 (2:00), 15, 22
Courtney Holland, Colin Canavan Dec. 2 (2:00), 10, 16 (7:30), 23
Chelsea Marie Renner, Edward Carr Dec. 3, 8, 9 (7:30),16 (2:00), 17, 20, 21

Ian J. Bethany – Dec. 2 (7:30), 9 (2:00), 15, 22
Arnaldo Hernandez – Dec. 2 (2:00), 10, 16 (7:30), 23
Colin Heino – Dec. 3, 9 (7:30), 17, 20
Andrew Buckley – Dec. 8, 16 (2:00), 21

Phoebe Anderson, Lyla Barker, Leah Canchola, Berkley Chiles, Penelope (Penny) DuBois, Owen Fronk, Morrison “Emmy” Hewitt, Samantha Leon, Brooke Montejano, Sophia Muto, Mia Naik, Mila Ostrovich, Brooklyn Percifield, Charlotte Prodel, Morgan Rubine, Jordan Sears, Avalon Shattuck, Hannah Vale, Elizabeth “Elle” Wiatrek, Lily Wilcox, Hannah Grace Wu

Tristin Filsinger Dec. 2 (7:30), 9 (2:00), 15, 22
Kyawzwa Jeremy Lwin Dec. 2 (2:00), 10, 16 (7:30), 23
Andrew Buckley Dec. 3, 9 (7:30), 17, 20
Ezra Schenck Dec. 8, 16 (2:00), 21

Tristin Filsinger, Jack Morris, Jackson Rankin, Julius Taiber

Grace Morton – Dec. 2 (7:30), 9 (2:00), 15, 22
Meg Kataoka – Dec. 2 (2:00), 10, 16 (7:30), 23
Lexi Eicher – Dec. 3, 9 (7:30), 17, 20
Alyssa Manguiat – Dec. 8, 16 (2:00), 21

Amelia Bednar, Elianna Price, Claire Sturgeon, Ava Tellier

Mother Ginger
Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.: Ashley Goudeau, Anchor and Political Director, KVUE Austin
Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.: Serena Hicks, Ballet Austin board member and Business Coach, Serena Hicks LLC
Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.: The Honorable Kirk Watson, Mayor of Austin
Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Forrest Preece, Long-time Ballet Austin board member and consulting dilettante
Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.: Robin Henderson, Interim Chief of Police, Austin Police Department
Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.: Robert Luckritz, Chief, Austin-Travis County EMS
Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.: Matthew Baker, Mayor Pro-Tem, Round Rock
Friday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.: Christie Clark, Clinical Nurse Coordinator and ICU RN, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.: The Honorable Jim Penniman-Morin, Mayor of Cedar Park
Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.: The Honorable Christine DeLisle, Mayor of Leander
Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.: Amanda Parr, Councilmember, City of Georgetown
Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.: Matias Segura, Interim Superintendent, Austin ISD
Thursday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.: The Honorable Linda Anthony, Mayor of West Lake Hills
Friday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.: Dottie Watkins, President and CEO, CapMetro
Saturday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m.: Ann Graham, Honoring 10 years as Executive Director, Texans for the Arts

Carla Ames-Corral, Klara Campbell, Ilex Chang, Lilah Holland, Chloe Huffman-Phillips, Marie Esther Johnson, Lucia Kugler, Ellis Lowry, Addison Lynch, Mary Austin McKenna, Willow McQueen, Vesper Moreno, Anastasia “Ana Beth” Myers, Juliet Nichols, Misha Patel, Cecelia Pellegrini, Liana Rios, Emma Roth, Sophia Sanders, Caroline Seach, Katelyn Shopp, Georgia Siela, Asa Sundstrom, Piper Uccello, Naomi Ware, LylaGrace Weldon-Carroll, Lulu West, Karis Wu

Waltz of the Flowers
Isabella Phillips Lynch – Dec. 2 (7:30), 9 (2:00), 15, 22
Alyssa Manguiat – Dec. 2 (2:00), 10, 16 (7:30), 23
Vivien Farrell – Dec. 3, 9 (7:30), 17, 20
Sahel Flora Pascual – Dec. 8, 16 (2:00), 21

Reagan Arenz, Angelina Carbonaro, Christina Cole, Anika Crouser, Carly Darnell, Alexa Dollar, Celena Fornell, Katelyn Hagel, Alayna Hamade, Isabelle Lapierre, Nya Mitchell, Alexandra Owens


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