Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker presented by Sheakley Family returns to Music Hall December 14 through 24. The Company expects to shatter attendance records, projecting more than 25,000 patrons over the course of the production run. With the production in high demand, several performances are already near sell-out. The lavish production features elaborate sets and costumes and live musical accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s beloved score by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with choreography from Victoria Morgan. More than one hundred children’s roles are featured in the production, with children from across the region dancing alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company dancers. The Nutcracker is a classic holiday tale that follows the imaginative story of Clara, a little girl who embarks on a dreamy journey after she receives a nutcracker as a gift on Christmas Eve. With her Nutcracker Prince, Clara travels through the Land of Sweets, meeting colorful and exciting characters along the way. Morgan’s whimsical choreographic take on the classic story is like nothing you have ever seen before. Fiona the Hippo and her baby brother, Fritz continue to appear in the production.
Victoria Morgan’s The Nutcracker premiered in 2011 with new sets by scenic designer John Ezell, bright and beautiful costumes by Carrie Robbins, lighting by Trad A Burns and athletic, engaging choreography by Victoria Morgan. Morgan’s rendition of the classical ballet is filled with unique, contemporary twists on longstanding traditions: from the bright, whimsical sets, stage effects and acrobatics to the appearance of new, playful characters such as Clara’s companion, a pet poodle named Minnie, dancing Cupcakes, tumbling Snowballs, an ensemble of poodles performing the Dance of the Mirlitons (or “Lollipups”) and more.
Don’t miss out on this extraordinary holiday experience for the whole family. Grab your tickets now and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker promises an enchanting journey filled with wonder, beauty, and the joy of the holiday season. Let the magic unfold at Music Hall this December!
For more information on show dates and to purchase tickets, visit my.cballet.org/nutcracker.
Cincinnati Ballet 2023-2024 Season Sponsors:
PNC, Margaret and Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, H.B., E.W. & F.R. Luther Foundation, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation