December 3-24, 2021

The Nutcracker

"Overflowing with holiday joy ... Be swept away this holiday season."

- PerformInk KC

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Your Safety is Our Main Concern

Kansas City Ballet requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination along with proper ID and valid event ticket to attend performances at the Kauffman Center. Negative test results will not be accepted at this time. Masks are encouraged. You will have people sitting behind you, in front of you, and next to you.

Children, ages 5-11, may attend performances when they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We are unable to accommodate unvaccinated children or any unvaccinated patrons for public performances. Due to the circumstances, all ticket purchases during the 2021-2022 season are refundable prior to the performance.

Please note, these protocols will continue to be regularly evaluated and updated based on community health data and public health and government guidance. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please check our Safety & Health Policies for updates in advance of scheduled performances.

Missouri ArtSafe Certified

Kansas City Ballet and the Kauffman Center are Missouri ArtSafe certified by the Missouri Arts Council and the Missouri Arts Safety Alliance. This program is a standard for venues from St. Louis to Kansas City and everywhere in between. For more information, visit

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

Dr. Drosselmeier, a mysterious magician and creator of mechanical toys and clocks, puts the finishing touches on some magical dolls and a very special Nutcracker in his workshop on Christmas Eve.

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Panache Chocolatier Truffle Box

Land of the Sweets
– a Kansas City Ballet truffle collection –

Inspired by The Nutcracker’s iconic rich imagery, sumptuous colors and the magic of celebrating sweets and spices from around the world, Panache Chocolatier proudly presents Land of the Sweets, a unique collaboration with Kansas City Ballet. This 12-piece truffle box is filled with a limited-edition collection of extraordinary chocolates. Get yours today! 15% of this box benefits Kansas City Ballet.



KC Ballet Charlie Hustle Tee Shirts

Tees for tradition!

Charlie Hustle and KC Ballet have partnered to create this limited-edition holiday collection. Show your support for Kansas City Ballet with these limited edition  Communi-TEEs! A portion of your tee-shirt purchase benefits Kansas City Ballet.

Shop KC Ballet KC Heart Tee

Shop KC Ballet Nutcracker Tee

Behind the Scenes

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Make The Nutcracker part of your holiday tradition!

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The Nutcracker 2021 Program