- $39 for one reserved ticket, including a preshow Sugar Plum Parade (up to a $65 value)
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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.
Before each matinee, the Sugar Plum Parade waltzes onstage with a cavalcade of family activities. There, Clara’s voice casts a spell over children as she reads from The Nutcracker storybook. Cast members also mingle with the crowd to offer autographs, photo opportunities, and insights into the Mouse King’s defensive weaknesses—and offer a quick ballet lesson or two. After a backstage tour, guests can help themselves to snacks and treats to fuel their brain for the main event.
Missouri Ballet Theatre
Since its founding in 2009, Missouri Ballet Theatre has tackled some of the most beloved compositions—from the A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Cinderella. Its founder and artistic director, Adam Sage, has seen more than 20 years of stage performance on four continents, including stints with the Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet Philippines, and California Ballet. Today Sage uses his choreographic prowess and master-teacher status to lead a professional ballet company with 20 dancers from all over the country.