2023-2024 season |

The Nutcracker
December 14-24

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December 14 – 24, 2023 |  Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium 

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker returns in December, celebrating a favorite holiday tradition.

With spectacular choreography by Victoria Morgan, grand sets and costumes, and a beloved story, The Nutcracker also presents a remarkable cast of characters such as the Snow Queen and King, Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier, mischievous mice, brave toy soldiers, chicks and Minnie the Poodle.

The narrative follows a girl named Clara who receives a nutcracker on Christmas Eve. Her dreams take her on a great adventure to the amazing Land of Sweets. Accompanying this winter fantasy is the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s melodic score.

Dozens of local young performers join Cincinnati Ballet onstage for these performances. It’s a spectacular holiday treat for the entire family!

2023-2024 season | Photo of a female ballet dancer posing with a wand in her hand

The Nutcracker


ChoreographyVictoria Morgan
MusicPyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

Read about the history of The Nutcracker in Cincinnati 


The Nutcracker is one of the most popular ballets that has been staged over the years. Every season, kids and adults look forward to it as it has become a family tradition in many households.

Although it’s often associated with the holidays, The Nutcracker stands on its own as an iconic ballet production. But how did it come to be? Who choreographed it? And how has it helped shape ballet into what it looks like today? 

Join us as we explore the history of The Nutcracker from George Balanchine’s influence, Frisch’s The Nutcracker, and its lasting impact on the Cincinnati community.

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