The Nutcracker Ballet

This classic holiday fairy tale has come alive on stage at Stephens Auditorium each December since 1981.  Though we have to note an exception for December 2020.  The pandemic forced the cancellation of The Nutcracker but Iowa Youth Ballet stepped up with a Sugar Plum Celebration performance to honor the high school seniors that would have been dancing in their last Nutcracker.

This annual Stephens Auditorium production features choreography by Robert Thomas and Miyoko Kato Thomas of the Robert Thomas Dancenter (in Ames).  More than 150 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.

2022 Nutcracker Information

The Nutcracker Ballet will be performed on Saturday, December 10 at 1:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, December 11 at 1:00pm.

Tickets will be available beginning in mid-October.

Photos from previous years:

Photos courtesy of Bill Barry

Participant Information Here