The Nutcracker is “nothing short of magical” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Propelled by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, this soaring story captures the awe and expectation of the night before Christmas when a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure. As the colossal tree shoots skyward and snowflakes blanket the stage, the journey glides into a radiant Land of Enchantment brimming with virtuosic dances from faraway lands. Set in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh, this holiday tradition resounds with more than 150 dancers, radiant scenery, astounding magic tricks and newsurprises each season.
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2016 PERFORMANCE DATES
Friday, December 02, 201611:00 AMStudent Matinee
Friday, December 02, 20167:00 PM
Saturday, December 03, 20162:00 PM
Saturday, December 03, 20167:00 PM
Sunday, December 04, 201612:00 PM
Sunday, December 04, 20164:30 PM
Friday, December 09, 20167:00 PM
Saturday, December 10, 20162:00 PM
Saturday, December 10, 20167:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 201612:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 20164:30 PM
Thursday, December 15, 20167:00 PM
Friday, December 16, 20167:00 PM
Saturday, December 17, 20162:00 PM
Saturday, December 17, 20167:00 PM
Sunday, December 18, 201612:00 PM
Sunday, December 18, 20164:30 PM
Tuesday, December 20, 20167:00 PM
Wednesday, December 21, 20167:00 PM
Thursday, December 22, 20167:00 PM
Friday, December 23, 20167:00 PM
Saturday, December 24, 201611:00 AM
Saturday, December 24, 20163:30 PM
Monday, December 26, 20167:00 PM
Tuesday, December 27, 20162:00 PMSensory Friendly
Tuesday, December 27, 20167:00 PM
Act I - 57 minutes
Intermission - 20 minutes
Act II - 53 minutes
ENRICH YOUR THEATER EXPERIENCE: PBT Connects Discussion Series
All educational events are free and open to performance patrons.
Friday, Dec. 2, at 9:30 p.m.; Benedum Center
Conclude an evening at the ballet with a thought-provoking discussion led by Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and other PBT artists.
Talks with Terry
Sunday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m.; Benedum Center
Observe company dancers during their onstage warm-up class, and hear the Artistic Director’s perspective on the ballet, artists and production.
Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m.; Benedum Center
Connect with your inner child through an entertaining pre-performance discussion and demonstration.
Sunday, Dec. 11, at 12 p.m. AND Sunday, Dec. 18, at 12 p.m.
Sign out a headset to listen to a live narration of the ballet (designed for visually impaired patrons). For more information about PBT's accessibility services, please call 412-454-9109 or visit PBT's accessibility services page.
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