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Kansas City Ballet - The Nutcracker

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December 3 - 24, 2020

The Nutcracker reigns supreme as the wonderful holiday classic of choice - especially here in the states and in Kansas City.

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Why See Kansas City Ballet - The Nutcracker?

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One of Kansas City's best Holiday Shows

See why The Nutcracker is Kansas City's favorite holiday entertainment; as soon as the curtain rises and you experience the breathtaking sights and sounds - a magically growing Christmas tree, dazzling costumes and scenery, stunning choreography and dozens of beautiful dancers, all paired with the Kansas City Symphony. This beloved annual production in two acts is one of the largest, most theatrically successful productions in the region.

What is The Nutcracker about?

One snowy Christmas Eve, at a great townhouse where a party is in full swing, local magician Herr Drosselmeyer with gifts for the children, including a wooden nutcracker for Clara, the oldest child. When the clock strikes twelve an adventure begins and the Nutcracker comes to life, leading our heroine Clara into a war between mice and tin soldiers, and into the enchanted Land of Sweets where a festival awaits them.

There Clara and her Nutcracker are treated to a series of dance vignettes that includes Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea, French Mirlitons, Spanish Hot Chocolate, to name a few. It is all topped off with a beautiful pas de deux by the regal Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavelier, before which Clara is waved off in a flying sleigh back home, where she wakes up at home. It was all a dream....wasn't it?

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Opening night: 3 December 2020


Suitable for most ages

Run time

Two hours 15 minutes which includes a 20-minute intermission

Cast and Creative


Music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Choreography by Kansas City Ballet?s former Artistic Director Todd Bolender

Lighting design by Kirk Bookman

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