This classic holiday fairy tale has come alive on stage at Stephens Auditorium each December for 35 years.

The Nutcracker Ballet
This annual Iowa State Center production features choreography by Robert Thomas and Miyoko Kato Thomas of the Dancenter (Ames); over 200 local dancers from surrounding central Iowa communities; and principal dancers performing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

The Nutcracker Ballet tells the story of a young girl, a heroic prince, and the fantastic dream they share. From the opening party scene to the last tinkling notes of Tchaikovsky’s famous score, a festive holiday spirit permeates the whole performance.

2015 Nutcracker Information

Performances for the 35th annual Nutcracker Ballet will be on Saturday, December 12 at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 13 at 1:30 pm.

Buy Tickets Audition Information Fitting Schedule

Join us for Tea with Clara and the Mouse King! Dec. 12, 4pm.
Tickets are $7 per person.

Packages for Purchase:

    Sugar Plum Circle Package (Dec. 12 – 7:30 pm ONLY)

  • Two Premium seats and parking pass
  • Meet and greet with Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier
  • Recognition in the program and lobby signage
  • Concession coupons
  • Commemorative gift