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Ballet Austin - The Nutcracker

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December 8 - 23, 2017

Mills offers us a Nutcracker where gorgeous dancers and animated children, all in sumptuous costumes, take us back for the first time to the Land of Sweets

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Why See Ballet Austin - The Nutcracker?

A Holiday Must-See!

It wouldn't be Christmas in Austin without The Nutcracker! Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker is the longest-running production of the seasonal classic in the state of Texas, now in its 54th season. Austin Ballet's artistic director Stephen Mills' take on this enchanting tale features a cast of hundreds of dancers, including the younger students of Ballet Austin Academy, joining with the main company. Spectacular sets and Mills' choreography of Stephen Mills mean that this work is as fresh and light as ever, and is sure to be a treat for all ages.

As always, the two companies will dance to Tchaikovsky's score as performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

What is The Nutcracker About?

We open on Christmas Eve, in the Stahlbaum house. There's music and presents and food, and the three Stahlbaum children are beside themselves with joy at the wonder of it all. There's danger on the horizon though, heralded by the arrival at the door of local magician Drosselmeyer. He brings bearing gifts for the children, including a wooden nutcracker. This is just the start of an adventure which will lead our characters into a war between mice and gingerbread men and through the Land of Sweets.

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Opening night: 8 December 2017


Suitable for all the family.

Run time

Approximately two hours with one 20 minute intermission.

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Please note: Images used are from previous Ballet Austin productions, and as such will not accurately represent this 2016 production.

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