This classic holiday fairy tale has come alive on stage at Stephens Auditorium each December for 42 years. This annual Stephens Auditorium production features choreography by Robert Thomas and the late Miyoko Kato Thomas of Iowa Youth Ballet. More than 150 local dancers from surrounding central Iowa communities participate with returning guest principal dancers, Tanya Trombly and Mauricio Vera 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 entire performance.