The world’s most famous ballet comes to life on stage in a brand-new production of The Nutcracker for children aged three and up. Join Clara at a marvellous Christmas party that turns into a magical adventure. Packed with wonder and delight, this is the perfect ballet experience for boys and girls.
Be a part of the fun at this live, interactive and narrated ballet that will cast its spell in under an hour – and have your little ones dancing down the hallway when they get home. Don’t forget to dress up in your favourite ballet-inspired outfit!
Victoria, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
14 – 18 December Arts Centre Melbourne Playhouse, Melbourne
21 – 29 December Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre, Sydney
3 – 6 January The Concourse, Chatswood
8 – 11 January Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong
15 – 17 January EVAN Theatre Penrith Panthers, Penrith
21 – 24 January Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
The Nutcracker story
It is Christmas Eve, and the Stahlbaums are having a marvellous party. Drosselmeyer the Magician amazes everyone with his magical dolls, who come to life and dance for the guests. At the end of the party Drosselmeyer hands out presents for all the children, including a Nutcracker doll for Clara, the daughter of the house.
That night, Clara creeps downstairs to check on her precious gift. As midnight strikes, magic is unloosed and the Nutcracker comes alive to fight with the Mouse King. Clara saves him by throwing her slipper at the Mouse King – and the Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince.
The Prince takes Clara to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the grateful inhabitants, led by the Sugar Plum Fairy, perform a series of delicious dances to delight Clara. Afterwards, the Prince whisks Clara home and she wakes up at the foot of the Christmas tree – but was it really all a dream?
Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker
Choreography David McAllister
Creative associate Nicolette Fraillon
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costume and set design Krystal Giddings
Lighting design Jon Buswell