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Meet the Characters of The Nutcracker

Meet all of the characters from The Nutcracker before you see the holiday favorite

It’s that time of year again. The music is playing, the snow is getting ready to fall, and The Nutcracker is coming back to the Ohio Theatre. This annual tradition is a staple of our BalletMet season year after year. Meet Clara, the brave young girl, the mysterious Drosselmeyer, the Nutcracker Prince himself, and the other most recognizable characters in ballet below.


Young Clara

BalletMet Dance Academy students performing as characters in The Nutcracker.

A young girl who experiences a magical Christmas journey that begins on Christmas Eve with a family party.

Uncle Drosselmeyer 

BalletMet performs Gerard Charles' ballet The Nutcracker

Clara’s Godfather, an accomplished toy and clock maker. He gives her the Nutcracker as a Christmas present. “Herr” means “Mister” in German.

Grown Up Clara

BalletMet performs Gerard Charles' ballet The Nutcracker

Clara emerges after the battle with the Mouse King having grown up and travels through the Land of Sweets with the Nutcracker Prince.

Spanish and Chinese Doll

BalletMet dancers performing as characters in The Nutcracker.

Gifts given to Clara and her brother Fritz from Herr Drosselmeyer.

Mouse King

BalletMet performs Gerard Charles' ballet The Nutcracker

The mischievous King of the Mice. The Mouse King declares war on the Nutcracker and his soldiers and and epic battle ensues.

Nutcracker Prince

BalletMet dancers performing as characters in The Nutcracker.

Clara’s doll, come to life! The prince of the dreamlike land of sweets. The Nutcracker prince accompanies Grown-Up Clara on her journey through the Land of Sweets.

Sugar Plum Fairy

BalletMet performs Gerard Charles' ballet The Nutcracker

The queen of the land of sweets, named for a type of candy. She resembles Clara’s mother. The Sugar Plum Fairy, after hearing of how Clara rescued the Nutcracker Prince, throws a grand celebration in her honor that includes dances by some of our favorite characters such as Mother Ginger.

Cavalier

BalletMet dancers performing as characters in The Nutcracker.

The partner of the Sugar Plum Fairy. He resembles Clara’s father.


There are even more characters to explore and that means it’s time to see the show! It’s time to get your tickets to see The Nutcracker, showing at the Ohio Theatre from December 12 – 28, 2024.

This year, BalletMet is offering two chances to experience the sensory-friendly My First Nutcracker. This just-the-right-length ballet is the perfect choice for our youngest fans and any child who may prefer a shorter, less crowded, and more casual environment.

December 20 at 11:00 a.m.
December 26 at 11:00 a.m.

Please note that everyone attending the show will need a ticket, no matter the age.