December 3-24, 2021

The Nutcracker

"Overflowing with childhood wonder and holiday joy ... Be swept away this holiday season."

- PerformInk KC

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Your Safety is Our Main Concern

Effective Sept. 6, all patrons who enter the Kauffman Center to attend public performances must be fully vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry accompanied by a government-issued photo ID and a valid event ticket. Masks will also be required, regardless of vaccination status, while inside the building, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. At the current time, we are unable to accommodate children under 12, or any unvaccinated patrons for public performances. We continue to evaluate the ever-changing circumstances in hope that children under 12 years of age can safely attend public performances in time for The Nutcracker. 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. Visit the Kauffman Center to learn more about their health and safety policies.


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 https://www.missouriartscouncil.org/missouri-artsafe/.

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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Ignite your imagination

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