BalletMet’s The Nutcracker

December 13-28, 2019 | Ohio Theatre

Act I: 50 Minutes | Intermission: 20 Minutes | Act II: 40 Minutes

Witness magic in the making at The Nutcracker, a beloved holiday tradition that has stood the test of time. Co-created by Gerard Charles and Robert Post, this spellbinding production invites you inside the earnest and imaginative dreams of young Clara as she journeys with her Nutcracker Prince to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy. Set to Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement, The Nutcracker is an adventure for all who believe in holiday enchantment.

Why you’ll love this ballet 

  • A traditional version of the Nutcracker
  • Family friendly
  • Comedic moments
  • Lush costumes, and scenery
  • A cast of over 100, including both professional dancers and children

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Performance Dates

Friday, December 13, 2019
7:30 pm, Ohio Theatre

Saturday, December 14, 2019
1:00 pm, Ohio Theatre

Saturday, December 14, 2019
5:30 pm, Ohio Theatre

Sunday, December 15, 2019
12:00 pm, Ohio Theatre

Sunday, December 15, 2019
5:30 pm, Ohio Theatre

Thursday, December 19, 2019
7:30 pm, Ohio Theatre

Friday, December 20, 2019
7:30 pm, Ohio Theatre

Saturday, December 21, 2019
2:00 pm, Ohio Theatre

Saturday, December 21, 2019
7:30 pm, Ohio Theatre

Sunday, December 22, 2019
12:00 pm, Ohio Theatre

Sunday, December 22, 2019
5:30 pm, Ohio Theatre

Monday, December 23, 2019
*Best Availability*
1:00 pm, Ohio Theatre

Monday, December 23, 2019
7:30 pm, Ohio Theatre

Tuesday, December 24, 2019
*Best Availability*
12:00 pm, Ohio Theatre

My First Nutcracker – Special 1 hour performance
Thursday, December 26, 2019
11:00 am, Ohio Theatre, General Admission

Thursday, December 26, 2019
*Best Availability*
7:30 pm, Ohio Theatre

Friday, December 27, 2019
*Best Availability*
7:30 pm, Ohio Theatre

Saturday, December 28, 2019
*Best Availability*
2:00 pm, Ohio Theatre

Saturday, December 28, 2019
*Best Availability*
7:30 pm, Ohio Theatre

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Listen to the music!

Grown Up Clara

Jessica Brown 12/13 E, 12/15 M, 12/19 E, 12/21 E, 12/22 E, 12/24 M, 12/26 E
TyLeigh Baughman 12/14 M, 12/22 M, 12/26 M
Caitlin Valentine 12/14 E, 12/20 E, 12/23 E, 12/27 E
Carly Wheaton 12/15 E, 12/23 M, 12/28 E
Rachael Parini 12/21 M, 12/28 M

Nutcracker Prince

Michael Sayre 12/13 E, 12/21 E, 12/22 E, 12/26 E
Jarrett Reimers 12/14 M, 12/22 M, 12/26 M
Marty Roosaare 12/14 E, 12/20 E, 12/23 E, 12/27 E
Jim Nowakowski 12/15 M, 12/19 E, 12/24 M
Austin Powers 12/15 E, 12/23 M, 12/28 E
Leiland Charles 12/21 M, 12/28 M

Sugar Plum Fairy

Caitlin Valentine 12/13 E, 12/21 E, 12/22 E, 12/26 E
Carly Wheaton 12/14 M, 12/22 M, 12/26 M
Madeline Skelly 12/14 E, 12/20 E, 12/23 E, 12/27 E
Grace-Anne Powers 12/15 M, 12/19 E, 12/24 M
Kristie Latham 12/15 E, 12/23 M, 12/28 E
Sophie Miklosovic 12/21 M, 12/28 M

Herr Drosselmeyer

William Newton 12/13 E, 12/15 E, 12/21 E, 12/22 E, 12/23 M, 12/26 E
Sean Rollofson 12/14 M, 12/22 M, 12/26 M
Austin Powers 12/14 E, 12/20 E, 12/21 M, 12/23 E, 12/27 E, 12/28 M
Gabriel Gaffney Smith 12/15 M, 12/19 E, 12/24 M, 12/28 E

Mouse King

Austin Powers 12/13 E, 12/21 E, 12/22 E, 12/26 E
Gabriel Gaffney Smith 12/14 M, 12/14 E, 12/20 E, 12/22 M, 12/23 E, 12/26 M, 12/27 E
Jarrett Reimers 12/15 M, 12/19 E, 12/21 M, 12/24 M, 12/28 M
Luis Capetillo 12/15 E, 12/23 M, 12/18 E, 12/23M, 12/28 E

Grandma Stahlbaum

Francesca Dugarte 12/13 E, 12/15 E, 12/21 M, 12/21 E, 12/22 E, 12/23 M, 12/26 E, 12/27 E, 12/28 M, 12/28 E
Karen Wing 12/14 M, 12/22 M, 12/26 M
Jessica Brown 12/14 E, 12/20 E, 12/23 E
Rachael Parini 12/15 M, 12/19 E, 12/24 M

Watch the Documentary!

Super excited to team up with Justice studios to present Finding Clara

Meet the Characters

Sugar Plum Fairy performs in The Nutcracker

What’s it like being the Sugar Plum Fairy?

It’s not easy being Plum.

As a fairy, she’s required to be both breezy and regal, to make her movements look both effortless and intricate. No easy feat for any and every dancer. We sat down with three of our fairies to get their take on performing this iconic and rewarding role.

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Taking young children?

Here are some tips!

  • Here is a great article about taking young children to see The Nutcracker
  • Want to read them the story ahead of time? Visit the Columbus Metro Library – they have a lot of great books about The Nutcracker.  Our favorite is Ella Bella Ballerina and The Nutcracker.
  • Most children are surprised that dancers don’t sing or talk in the ballet so explain how they can tell the story in their mind as they watch them perform.
  • Do some fun things around the theatre before you take your seats (also great for getting the wiggles out during intermission)!
    • Visit costumed characters on the 2nd floor during our matinee performances
    • We have a craft and coloring station on the 2nd level that is open before and during intermission.
    • Listen to carolers singing both inside and out before the show starts
    • The Nutcracker mascot is in front of the theatre the hour before the performance.
    • We know sometimes it’s just too much and kids need a break, if that’s the case feel free to slip out of the theatre and head to the lobby or our 2nd floor craft area.  We have a television with a live feed, in both areas.

Never been to the ballet before? Read our how to ballet guide before your first-ballet.

My First Nutcracker is designed for young children ready to experience holiday magic!

My First Nutcracker

Interested in bringing children under 4, check out our special 1-hour My First Nutcracker performance.

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