Photo courtesy of Great Russian Nutcracker
Ballet performance of The Nutcracker
Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy
At 51 years old, the Minnesota Dance Theatre’s iteration is the longest-running holiday show in Minnesota.
Dec. 18–22. State Theatre
The only local Nutcracker with a full symphony, the Metropolitan Ballet’s traditional take also boasts Giuseppe Bausilio, star of the Broadway version of Billy Elliot.
Dec. 5–6. Auditorium at Hopkins High School
The Classic Nutcracker
Ballet Minnesota classical ballet academy and choreographer Andrew Rist put the show’s focus squarely on the dancing.
Dec. 18–20. O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
Great Russian Nutcracker
The storied Moscow Ballet is in town for only one day, but is playing two shows.
Dec. 5. Orpheum Theatre
The Nutcracker Ballet
Bloomington’s Continental Ballet Company trots out its classic adaptation.
Dec. 5–13. Bloomington Center for the Arts
Nutcracker (not so) Suite
Myron Johnson drops a gritty, updated version that moves through 1960s Manhattan and includes a life-sized Barbie doll.
Dec. 4–20. The Cowles Center