“The Nutcracker” ballet is a classic holiday experience for both kids and parents, and Central Iowa offers a few wonderful interpretations of this beautiful Christmas show.
Here’s our 2018 roundup of Nutcracker performances in Central Iowa:
Hoyt Sherman Place • 1501 Woodland Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50314 • (515) 244-0507
Classical . . . The beloved holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, returns to the stage with the whimsy and magic that we have all grown to love! This favorite holiday story perfectly captures the magic and anticipation of the night before Christmas. Join Clara, her magical prince and toys that come to life as a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure.
Ballet Des Moines’ Nutcracker pairs their professional and pre-professional dancers with young ballet students from dance studios throughout central Iowa.
Ballet Des Moines’ The Nutrcracker Performance Dates & Times:
Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 1:00 and 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 1:00 and 5:00 pm
Des Moines Civic Center • 221 Walnut Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 246-2300
Experience the adventures of a girl named Clara as she journeys to a distant land where a prince battles mischievous mice, flowers waltz and a Sugar Plum Fairy delights children of every age.
Iowa Dance Theatre presents their 22nd performance of The Nutcracker ballet. The ballet is choreographed and directed by a team of dance professionals from Des Moines and the surrounding area. This year, there are over 240 dancers from approximately 36 dance studios from throughout central Iowa participating in the ballet.
Single tickets to one of three performances to The Nutcracker can be purchased at the Des Moines Civic Center box office or on-line.
Dance Theatre of Iowa’s The Nutrcracker Performance Dates & Times:
December 15, 2018 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm
December 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Parties are scheduled at 12:30 pm on December 15 and 16, this is a fun event before the matinee shows. Tickets to the Tea are $15 and can be purchased at the Des Moines Civic Center Ticket Office.
Stephens Auditorium • Ames, IA 50011-1113 • (515) 294-3347
The Nutcracker Ballet tells the story of a young girl, a heroic prince, and the fantastic dream they share. From the opening party scene to the last tinkling notes of Tchaikovsky’s famous score, a festive holiday spirit permeates the whole performance.
Now in its 38th year, The Nutcracker Ballet at Stephens Auditorium has become an annual holiday tradition for many families in central Iowa. This classic fairy tale comes to life by showcasing the sensational talent of over 200 local dancers and principal dancers performing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.
Single tickets to one of three performances to The Nutcracker can be purchased at the Stephens Auditorium’s box office, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Iowa State Center’s The Nutrcracker Performance Dates & Times:
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm
There will be a Tea with Clara and the Mouse King on December 8th at 4:00 pm. Tickets to the tea are $7 per person.
Is attending The Nutcracker ballet one of your holiday traditions? Which one do you attend?
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