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The Nutcracker

SOLD OUT — Bring the magic of the holiday season to life

From the scrumptious sets and costumes to the colorful characters you adore, Ballet Austin’s annual production of THE NUTCRACKER is Austin’s favorite holiday tradition! Hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s magical score with live accompaniment from Austin Symphony Orchestra. Share this sweet treat with your favorite people and celebrate the season with Ballet Austin.

CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills
MUSIC: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT: Austin Symphony Orchestra

Run time: Two 50-minute acts with a 20-minute intermission

14 PERFORMANCES:

  • Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m.
  • SOLD OUT Friday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
  • SOLD OUT Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m.
  • SOLD OUT Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
  • SOLD OUT Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m.
  • SOLD OUT Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m.
  • SOLD OUT Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m.
  • SOLD OUT Thursday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m.

Running time: Two 50-minute acts with a 20-minute intermission

Ballet Austin strives to share the excitement and beauty of live professional dance with as many community members as possible. *As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Ballet Austin raises funds throughout the year to help defray part of the production costs in order to bring live performances to you and keep the price of our tickets as low as possible. The following information is intended to assist you as a consumer and help you have the best experience possible.

 

When you purchase directly from Ballet Austin:

  • You are assured your tickets are valid, and your seats are reserved for you/your family/your party.
  • You have access to the most affordable ticket prices.*  Ballet Austin tickets range between $20 – $99 dollars (plus applicable fees), depending on location. If you are being asked to pay more per ticket, you are NOT buying from Ballet Austin.
  • You have the flexibility to exchange your ticket/s to another performance for a small handling fee, as tickets remain available.

If you choose to purchase Ballet Austin tickets from sources other than Ballet Austin, we recommend that you:

  • Never pay cash or use apps such as Venmo to purchase tickets.
  • Verify performance dates/times and check for sold-out performances BEFORE purchasing from a third-party seller or service by visiting the Ballet Austin website.
  • Check the Long Center’s Dell Hall seating map to confirm the existence of the seats being offered to you.   Long Center Seating Chart

 

NOTE: Issues related to tickets purchased from a third-party seller will need to be discussed with that company. Ballet Austin will have no record of these sales.

Our goal for each Ballet Austin performance is to create wonderful, lasting memories for you, your family, and your friends. If you have questions, let us help you by contacting our box office at 512.476.2163 or by email at boxoffice@balletaustin.org. We look forward to seeing you soon.

ACTIVITY DETAILS ON YOUR SHOW DATE

Be sure to arrive early to enjoy all of the family friendly activities before the show. Doors open an hour and a half before your show time. Beat the traffic and arrive early to eat, drink, and be merry!

Click below for more details regarding the activities on your show date.

SOLD OUT Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m.

  • MOTHER GINGER: Laura Huffman, President & CEO, Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Footlights for families
  • Ballet-o-mania
  • Photo stations
  • Warm cookies and hot cocoa for purchase

Check back for updates!

SOLD OUT Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m.

  • MOTHER GINGER: Tina Cannon, President & CEO, Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Footlights for families
  • Ballet-o-mania
  • Photo stations
  • Warm cookies and hot cocoa for purchase

Check back for updates!

SOLD OUT Thursday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m.

  • MOTHER GINGER: Brad Stuver, Goal Keeper, Austin FC
  • Footlights for families
  • Ballet-o-mania
  • Photo stations
  • Warm cookies and hot cocoa for purchase

Check back for updates!

SOLD OUT Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m.

  • MOTHER GINGER: Laura Huffman, President & CEO, Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Footlights for families
  • Ballet-o-mania
  • Photo stations
  • Warm cookies and hot cocoa for purchase

Check back for updates!

SOLD OUT Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m.

  • MOTHER GINGER: Tina Cannon, President & CEO, Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Footlights for families
  • Ballet-o-mania
  • Photo stations
  • Warm cookies and hot cocoa for purchase

Check back for updates!

SOLD OUT Thursday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m.

  • MOTHER GINGER: Brad Stuver, Goal Keeper, Austin FC
  • Footlights for families
  • Ballet-o-mania
  • Photo stations
  • Warm cookies and hot cocoa for purchase

Check back for updates!

AVAILABLE AT EACH SHOW

FOOTLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES & FOOTLIGHTS: takes place one hour before the show inside Dell Hall on the second-floor Mezzanine level. Both of these behind-the-scenes talks are FREE and created for audience members of all ages. FOOTLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES available at matinee shows, focuses on the characters and the storyline of The NutcrackerFOOTLIGHTS available at evening shows, focuses on the history and story behind Stephen Mills’ creation. Duration: 20 minutes, provided by Ballet Austin’s Community Education Staff

BALLET-O-MANIA: Walk through our pop-up museum, BALLET-O-MANIA, located on the second-floor Mezzanine level in the Kodosky Lounge. Your ticket to the show gives you free entry to this interactive discovery area which includes exhibits on The Nutcracker and future productions including pointe shoes, costumes, and more! If you’ve experienced BALLET-O-MANIA in the past, be sure to see it again as it changes for each production! Provided by Ballet Austin’s Community Education Staff

Photo Stations: Scattered around the Long Center are photo vignettes for you and your family to commemorate your time at Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker. Snap a selfie at each and be sure to tag us online #NutcrackerATX. Provided by Ballet Austin’s Young Children’s Division Petite Parties.

VIDEOS BY ANNE MARIE & PAUL BLOODGOOD

IMAGES BY ANNE MARIE BLOODGOOD

MEET THE ARTISTS

STEPHEN MILLS
Choreography
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
Music
AUSTIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Live Accompaniment

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

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.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

(1840–1893)

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

Operas

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.

Death

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.

Biography courtesy of biography.com.

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: https://austinsymphony.org/about/conductor/

Austin Symphony Orchestra Musicians: https://austinsymphony.org/about/musicians/

ACT I

FRAU SILBERHAUS
Elise Pekarek Dec 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 12, 17, 18 (7:30), 21, 23
Chelsea Marie Renner Dec 4 (2:00), 5, 10, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19, 22
HERR SILBERHAUS
James Fuller
DROSSELMEYER
Edward Carr
NEPHEW
Daniel Estrada Dec 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 12, 17, 18 (7:30), 21, 23
Ahmad Hill Dec 4 (2:00), 5, 10, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19, 22
GOVERNESS
Elizabeth-Jane Moller Dec 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 12, 17, 18 (7:30), 21, 23
Elizabeth Kanning Dec 4 (2:00), 5, 10, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19, 22
GUESTS
Ellis Broderick, Lexi Eicher, Alyssa Manguiat, Isabelle Ramey,
Dianetzy Rojas, Max Azaro, Ian J. Bethany, Arnaldo Hernandez,
Michael Jastrzebski, Paul Martin, Preston Andrew Patterson
DRESDEN DOLL
Isabella Phillips Lynch Dec 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 12, 17, 18 (7:30), 21, 23
Vivien Farrell Dec 4 (2:00), 5, 10, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19, 22
PIERROT DOLL
Paul Martin Dec 4 (7:30), 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23
Ian J. Bethany Dec 4 (2:00), 10, 22
NUTCRACKER PRINCE
Daniel Estrada Dec 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 12, 17, 18 (7:30), 21, 23
Ahmad Hill Dec 4 (2:00), 5, 10, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19, 22
RAT KING
Julius Taiber
RATS
Sophia Crane, Daniel Estrada, Arnaldo Hernandez, Ahmad Hill,
Michael Jastrzebski, Ashley Krystkowiak, Priscilla Pope, Shane
Powell*, Leighton Taylor
SNOW QUEEN
Vivien Farrell Dec 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 17, 21, 23
Courtney Holland Dec 4 (2:00), 10, 12, 18 (7:30), 22
Isabella Phillips Lynch Dec 5, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19
SNOW KING
Max Azaro Dec 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 17, 21, 23
Morgan Stillman Dec 4 (2:00), 10, 12, 18 (7:30), 22
Ian J. Bethany Dec 5, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19
SNOWFLAKES
Daniela Bennetti, Ellis Broderick, Lexi Eicher, Emmakate Franz,
Elizabeth Kanning, Lucia Lorenzo, Alyssa Manguiat,
Elizabeth-Jane Moller, Alexandra Owens, Priscilla Pope,
Isabelle Ramey, Dianetzy Rojas, Isabella Salas, Natasha
Snogren, Allie Swartz

*Guest Artist

ACT I

CLARA
Isabelle Wilwayco Dec. 4 (2:00), 12, 18, 22
Nya Mitchell Dec. 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 19, 21, 23
Madolyn Siela Dec. 5, 10, 11 (7:30), 17
FRITZ
Zeph Brinton Dec. 4 (2:00), 10, 12, 18 (7:30), 22
Avinash Hecker Dec. 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 17, 19, 23
Jack Diemicke Dec. 5, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 21
PARTY GIRLS
Valeria Avila Martinez, Catherine Anne Bircher, Milana Burrow,
Katie Alice Chong, Dylan Dougherty, Ella Fallon, Dana
Gonzalez, Madison-Elizabeth Hastings, Zoe Honigblum,
Audrey Marie Johnson, Anya Loo, Lisa Lule, Natalia Lule,
Katelyn Merritt, Lara Murray Palma, Cate O’Bryon, Maya
Prow-Nemeroff, Sophia Reass, Ava Schultz, Kyla Scott, Olivia
Swonke, Qiu Li Tovo-Hurt, Ava Wang, Sakura Willingham
MOUSE
Samantha Leon, Isabella Rashidi, Elizabeth Wiatrek
TOY SOLDIERS
Valeria Avila Martinez, Catherine Anne Bircher, Katie Alice
Chong, Dana Gonzalez, Zoe Honigblum, Nya Mitchell, Irina
Raleigh, Olivia Swonke, Sakura Willingham, Isabelle Wilwayco,
Ava Schultz
CAVALRY
Valentina Bernal, Selena Chock, Ella Donaldson, Paloma Fuentes,
Phoebe Herbert, Isabela Peña, Josaphina Ramos, Liliana
Romriell, Sadie Sarrat, Katie Turner, Lily Wilcox, Rhea Zhang

ACT II

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY
Chelsea Marie Renner Dec 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 17, 21, 23
Elise Pekarek Dec 5, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19
Katherine Deuitch Dec 4 (2:00), 10, 12, 18 (7:30), 22
CAVALIER
James Fuller Dec 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 17, 21, 23
Morgan Stillman Dec 5, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19
Max Azaro Dec 4 (2:00), 10, 12, 18 (7:30), 22
CHOCOLATE
Katherine Deuitch, Michael Jastrzebski
Dec 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 17, 21, 23
Elizabeth-Jane Moller, James Fuller
Dec 5, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19
Alyssa Manguiat, Leighton Taylor
Dec 4 (2:00), 10, 12, 18 (7:30), 22
Daniel Estrada, Arnaldo Hernandez, Ahmad Hill, Julius Taiber
COFFEE
Elise Pekarek, Edward Carr
Dec 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 17, 21, 23
Chelsea Marie Renner, Edward Carr
Dec 5, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19
Dianetzy Rojas, Paul Martin
Dec 4 (2:00), 10, 12, 18 (7:30), 22
TEA
Paul Martin Dec 4 (7:30), 11, 17, 19, 21, 23
Ian J. Bethany Dec 4 (2:00), 5, 10, 12, 18, 22
TREPAK
Preston Andrew
Patterson Dec 4, 10, 11 (2:00), 12, 17, 18 (7:30), 21, 22, 23
Michael Jastrzebski Dec 5, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19
Arnaldo Hernandez, Michael Jastrzebski, Leighton Taylor,
Julius Taiber
MARZIPAN
Isabella Phillips Lynch Dec 4, 10, 11 (2:00), 12, 17, 18 (7:30), 21, 22, 23
Vivien Farrell Dec 5, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19
Daniela Bennetti, Sophia Crane, Emmakate Franz, Ashley
Krystkowiak, Alexandra Owens, Priscilla Pope, Isabella Salas,
Natasha Snogren
WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS
Courtney Holland Dec 4 (7:30), 11 (2:00), 17, 21, 23
Dianetzy Rojas Dec 5, 11 (7:30), 18 (2:00), 19
Vivien Farrell Dec 4 (2:00), 10, 12, 18 (7:30), 22
Daniela Bennetti, Ellis Broderick, Lexi Eicher, Elizabeth Kanning,
Lucia Lorenzo, Alyssa Manguiat, Priscilla Pope, Isabelle Ramey,
Allie Swartz

*Guest Artist

ACT II

BON BONS
Valentina Bernal, Noelle Biven, Leah Canchola, Selena Chock,
Hana Cornali, Ella Donaldson, Ella Fallon, Paloma Fuentes,
Madison-Elizabeth Hastings, Phoebe Herbert, Audrey Marie
Johnson, Samantha Leon, Lisa Lule, Natalia Lule, Addison
Lynch, Isabella MacLeod, Gabriela Catalina McArthur, Mila
Ostrovich, Gabriela Pacheco, Isabela Peña, Charlotte Prodel,
Josaphina Ramos, Isabella Rashidi, Liliana Romriell, Davianna
Rondero, Sadie Sarrat, Kyla Scott, Rosemary Tong,
Qiu Li Tovo-Hurt, Katie Turner, Emma Urrutia, Amber Wang,
Ava Wang, Elizabeth Wiatrek, Lily Wilcox, Rhea Zhang

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

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

GOVERNMENT FUNDING SPONSORS

Supported in part by awards from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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