The Nutcracker Ballet

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This classic holiday fairy tale has come alive on stage at Stephens Auditorium each December since 1981.

This annual Iowa State Center production features choreography by Robert Thomas and Miyoko Kato Thomas of the Robert Thomas Dancenter (in Ames).  More than 200 local dancers from surrounding central Iowa communities participate with guest 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 entire performance.


The Nutcracker Ballet will be performed on Saturday, December 14 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, December 15 at 1:30pm.

Tickets are will be available online at or at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office beginning Tuesday, October 15 at 12pm (noon). Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors (65 and over), youth (17 and under), and groups of 10+ per performance.