The Nutcracker Ballet


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

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. Returning to star in the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier are professional dancers, Tanya Trombly and Mauricio Vera.

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.

Tickets for the 2023 Nutcracker Ballet will go on sale to the general public on October 18 at 11:00 am.  Sign up here to join Center Beat, Stephens Auditorium’s email newsletter list to receive notification on the Nutcracker on-sale and all other ticketed events.

2023 Nutcracker Information

Nutcracker Auditions will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2023 from 12:00 pm to 7:45 pm. Registration will begin at 11:15 am. If you are interested in receiving audition information, please email with subject line: Nutcracker Audition Request or watch our Facebook page for more details. Please note if you participated in The Nutcracker since 2021, we have your information.

The Nutcracker Ballet will be performed on Saturday, December 9 at 1:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, December 10 at 1:00pm.

Tickets will be available beginning in mid-October.

Participant Information Portal

Photos from previous years:

Photos courtesy of Bill Barry