The Nutcracker – 2018

  • Date: Nov 30, 2018 - Dec 28, 2017
  • Venue: Benedum Center

Pittsburgh’s Favorite Holiday Tradition

Complete with flurrying snow, a colossal Christmas tree and magic tricks galore, this holiday spectacular features over 100 dancers, 150 costumes and Tchaikovsky’s exultant score. Since its 1892 premiere, The Nutcracker has held a special place in holiday traditions all over the world. PBT adds its own spin on the time and place with a turn-of-the-century setting incorporating Pittsburgh’s own landmarks, historical figures and personality. Each performance features a unique casting combination, giving regulars the chance to see a variety of dancers perform iconic roles like Marie, the Nephew, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

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Choreography & Staging: Terrence S. Orr
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costumes & Scenic Design: Zack Brown
Lighting Design: Julie Duro 

Performance Times

Theater Programs

Enrich Your Theater Experience

Plan to join us at an educational program to learn more about The Nutcracker! Programs are free unless otherwise noted, and are held at the Benedum Center.

Learn more about the The Nutcracker with our Audience Guide and Children’s Activity Guide!


Date TBD, 9:30 p.m: Afterthoughts

Cap off the opening night performance this lively post-show talk back! Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr, Soloist Diana Yohe, and Corps de Ballet dancer Joseph Parr discuss the performance and take your questions about The Nutcracker. Located at the front of the orchestra section; begins right after the performance. No reservations necessary.


Date TBD, 11 – 11:30 a.m: Talks with Terry

Never seen ballet class before? This is your chance! Watch a few minutes of the end of the company’s warm-up class on stage; then Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr rounds out the program with a ballet preview and a Q & A with the audience. In the theater, no reservations necessary.


Date TBD, 12 p.m: Audio-described performance

A live narrative of the ballet for patrons with vision impairment. Click here for more information.


Date TBD, 1 – 1:30 p.m: Family Pointe

Bring the whole family to this program to learn about the story of the ballet! We’ll meet the mischievous sheep characters from Act 2, and try out some of their dance moves. A great way to get familiar with the production before the show! Enter the theater at the Stage Door, 719 Liberty Ave., 15222. Reservations requested: education@pittsburghballet.org.


Date TBD, 12 – 12:50 p.m: Ballet Adventures 

The best way for children to connect with a ballet performance is to dance it themselves! No dance experience is required for this fun, 50-minute class. Warm up, learn basic ballet steps and try out modified choreography from The Nutcracker. Appropriate for boys and girls, ages 5 – 13. Fee: $25.00 plus cost of ticket to the 2 p.m. performance.

To purchase tickets and register, click here. 

If you’ve already purchased tickets and wish to register for the class, click here.

 

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Run Time
Act I – 57 minutes
Intermission – 20 minutes
Act II – 53 minutes

Casting
View casting here!

Background Information
Get more background on The Nutcracker by clicking on the repertoire page, or dig deeper into the history of the production by downloading the Audience Guide. Get young audience members ready for the performance with PBT’s Children’s Activity Guide to the ballet!

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