- $19 for one general-admission ticket (up to $25 value)
- $36 for two general-admission tickets (up to $40 value)
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.
Ballet Theater of Carmel’s vibrantly staged and lovingly choreographed production has long been an annual downtown tradition during the holiday season, showcasing the dance school’s top talent and enlisting the adorable services of 1st and 2nd graders as dancing “angels.” This year, the stage features a heartwarming guest appearance by the young prancers of Kids Dance Outreach, an nonprofit organization that empowers the underserved youth of the community by instilling them with the joy, discipline, and calf-strengthening properties of dance.