December 6-24, 2024

The Nutcracker

Kansas City Ballet’s 'The Nutcracker' is absolute perfection ... a perfect dose of holiday spirits, brimming with irresistible enchantment and joy."

- KC Studio

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The Nutcracker Highlights

Ignite Your Imagination!

If the images onstage remind you of a beloved children’s book, that’s not surprising. Alain Vaës is a noted author and illustrator, as well as the Scenic Designer for this production. The richness and vibrancy of the hues he’s chosen are hallmarks of what the native Frenchman calls a “classic” Nutcracker.

Alain’s attention to detail is legendary, even the candy canes, muffins, and cheery confections must be rendered precisely. Add in massive set-pieces like a grandfather clock, a Christmas tree that grows to thirty feet tall, and the unicorn-fronted hot air balloon which whisks characters on and off stage, and the show’s “aaahh” factor climbs several more notches.

Don’t miss The Nutcracker in Kansas City.

The Story Of The Nutcracker

Devon Carney’s The Nutcracker is a breathtaking ballet production that premiered in 2015. This adaptation of the beloved Christmas story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, features stunning choreography and a memorable score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The production includes lavish sets and costumes, as well as a large cast of talented dancers.

Carney’s The Nutcracker has received critical acclaim and has become a favorite holiday tradition for many. With its gorgeous production values and breathtaking performances, it is a must-see for ballet lovers and anyone looking for a festive and enchanting experience.

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Take Home a Souvenir Photo

Make holiday memories with a professional photo taken with one of the characters from The Nutcracker one hour before and immediately after each performance in the Brandmeyer Great Hall at the Kauffman Center. These photos start at $25.00 and benefit Kansas City Ballet School.

Behind the Scenes

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We make it look easy, but it takes dozens of talented people to put together a stunning performance and train the next generation of professional dancers.

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Make The Nutcracker part of your holiday tradition!