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The Nutcracker
December 14-24

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

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

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker presented by Sheakley Family 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

Saturday, December 16th | 11:30 AM


Please join us for one of Cincinnati’s favorite holiday traditions, our delightfully delicious Nutcracker Luncheon! And this year’s multigenerational event –Dancing in a Winter Wonderland – will be even sweeter as Cincinnati Ballet commemorates its 60th Anniversary season.

Learn 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. 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.

Learn About The Nutcracker


The holiday season in Cincinnati is about to get even more enchanting as The Nutcracker is back in town. 

Cincinnati Ballet will once again take audiences on a journey through dazzling sets, stunning costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s iconic score. 

From the magnificent Land of Sweets to the fierce battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King, join us on a magical journey as we unwrap the rich history behind Cincinnati’s favorite holiday tradition, The Nutcracker.

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Celebrating Cincinnati Ballet’s 60th Anniversary

2023-2024 SEASON