- One ticket to The Nutcracker
- When: December 19–21
- Where: Lila Cockrell Theatre
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $17 for Value seating (up to $29 value)
- $26 for Advantage seating (up to $44 value)
- $41 for Superior seating (up to $69 value)
- $66 for Premium seating (up to $110 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
Based on a novel by 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure around one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire. It begins when young Clara receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, she suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a pitched battle between the toys and an army of mice. After saving the nutcracker with a well-thrown shoe to the Mouse King’s head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate. Throughout their adventures, Tchaikovsky’s dazzling inventiveness propels the dances of nimble flowers and regal fairy queens. The “Waltz of the Snowflakes” floats weightlessly, whereas the “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” tiptoes to the haunting, music-box chimes of a celesta. A medley of exotic national dances—including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak—add to the phantasmagoric celebration before the whole dream ends, as all dreams must.
Though it was the legendary George Balanchine who elevated this lovely seasonal work to an annual tradition, this staging by Mejia Ballet International puts a graceful spin on his lauded steps. Choreographer and director Paul Mejia considered Balanchine a beloved mentor, and danced principal roles in many of the master’s finest works. Starring Olga Pavlova—whom Dance magazine hailed as filling the dance slippers of Anna Pavlova—the work gains a sparkling new style while staying true to Balanchine’s breathtaking displays of balletic mastery.
ARTS San Antonio
ARTS San Antonio, a nonprofit organization, strives to bring diverse, globally significant performances to children and adults in San Antonio. Performances take place in landmark downtown venues, including the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, the Majestic Theatre and the Aztec Theatre. Performers who have been presented by ARTS San Antonio include Anthony Bourdain, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, the Yamato Drummers and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.
ARTS San Antonio
ARTS San Antonio brings cultural magic from around the country to South Texas. Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet, Cuba’s Arturo Sandoval, and New York’s Spanish Harlem Orchestra have all been presented by ARTS SA to enrich the community.