December 7-24, 2022

The Nutcracker

Bursts forth on the stage with its abundance of joy and holiday cheer

- DC Metro Theater Arts

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The Nutcracker Highlights

Sugar Plum Fairy Children's Ball

December 10, 2022
The Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown

An enchanting experience awaits you at Kansas City Ballet’s Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball! A delicious three course luncheon, face painting and a photo with the Sugar Plum Fairy are all part of the guest experience at the Children’s Ball. You are sure to feel the magic of the holidays as the Sugar Plum Fairy leads you on an adventure filled with lobby entertainment, activities and a performance by the Kansas City Youth Ballet. Following the event, guests are whisked away to attend the matinee performance of Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.




Family VIP Experience

Back by popular demand. For $184 per ticket, your family will enjoy Premium Center Mezzanine tickets with access to a private reception suite before the show and at intermission. Enjoy wine, kid’s drinks, and holiday treats. Costumed characters from the show will make a special VIP-only appearance at intermission!

Sun., Dec. 11, 1 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 17, 2 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 18, 1 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 23, 2 p.m.

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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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KCB Dancer Chat: The Nutcracker

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Virtual on Facebook LIVE

KC Ballet Dancer Chats, a FREE community engagement and education series, are designed to provide the broader public an opportunity to engage with and learn from professional dancers from Kansas City Ballet. This dancer chat features three KCB company dancers chatting about their roles in KCB’s production of The Nutcracker and sharing interesting aspects of their life journey and dance experiences. This relaxed, informal conversation will be moderated by a Kansas City community professional. All dancer chats take place on Facebook LIVE.

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Make The Nutcracker part of your holiday tradition!

Save 20% off The Nutcracker when you add on to a season subscription. Single tickets are on sale on August 22, 2022.