Courtesy of the Moscow Ballet
For many children, The Nutcracker
provides a first exposure to ballet and classical music. Set to Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, the magical tale of Marie and her Nutcracker Prince has become synonymous with the holiday season. And it’s not just young girls who dream of dancing like the Sugar Plum Fairy — boys too are enchanted by the marching toy soldiers and the battle with the evil Mouse King depicted in most productions. The Nutcracker
is also where many young performers first gain experience, whether with regional dance companies or alongside professional dance troupes. While George Balanchine’s choreography originally called for 35 child roles, many of today’s productions have expanded the roles of youth performers. For adults, The Nutcracker
offers a rich and often visually stunning experience. (It’s also one of the few ballets they’ll shell out the big bucks for — especially if their children land a role.) Locally, several performing arts groups, as well as traveling companies, have made The Nutcracker
an annual tradition. While Ballet San Antonio’s beloved production wrapped up earlier this month, there’s still a handful of nuts left to crack.
Cibolo City Ballet Presents The Nutcracker //
The Cibolo City Ballet’s talented student dancers perform alongside a cast of professional dancers and take audiences on a journey to the Land of Sweets. $25, 6pm Sat, Dec. 8 & Sun, Dec. 9, Carver Community Cultural Center, Jo Long Theatre, 226 N. Hackberry St., (210) 207-7211, cibolocityballet.com.
San Antonio Youth Ballet Presents The Nutcracker //
This production features more than 80 youth and professional dancers performing with live accompaniment from the South Texas Symphonic Orchestra. $10-$30, 7pm Fri, Dec. 14, 2pm Sun, Dec. 16, Carver Community Cultural Center, Jo Long Theatre, 226 N. Hackberry St., (210) 207-7211, sanantonioballetschool.com.
Quenedit Dance Theatre Presents The Nutcracker //
This is Quenedit Dance Theatre’s biggest production of the year. As part of their efforts to “ensure that economically underprivileged children are given the opportunity to be part of this uplifting and inspiring event,” QDT will donate three tickets to youth in need for each $35 donation received. $35, 7:30pm Sat, Dec. 15, 2pm Sun Dec. 16, Lila Cockrell Theatre, 900 E. Market St.,(210) 207-8500, queneditdance.org.
American Midwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker with San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet //
The American Midwest Ballet brings to life the visual splendor of The Nutcracker
with a cast of 130 dancers and over 250 costumes. $29-$69, 7:30pm Thu, Dec. 20 & Fri, Dec. 21, 2pm & 7:30pm Sat, Dec. 22, Lila Cockrell Theatre, 900 E. Market St., (210) 207-8500, artssa.org.
Alamo City Performing Arts Association’s The Nutcracker featuring Symphony Viva //
Now in its 27th year, this is one of the longest-running productions of The Nutcracker
in the Alamo City. $20-$45, 7:30pm Fri, Dec. 21 (sensory-friendly performance featuring Eva’s Heroes), 2pm & 6pm Sat, Dec. 22, 1pm & 5pm Sun, Dec. 23, San Antonio College, McAllister Auditorium, 1530 San Pedro Ave., (210) 495-0129, nutcrackersa.com.
Moscow Ballet Presents The Great Russian Nutcracker //
The Moscow Ballet’s elaborate take on The Nutcracker
features 40 ballerinas and danseurs trained in the Vaganova method, nine dazzling hand-painted backdrops and the exclusive role of “The Dove of Peace,” a bird with a 20-foot wingspan. $32.50-$102.50, 7pm Wed, Dec. 26, 3pm & 7pm Thu, Dec. 27, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-5967, majesticempire.com.
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