courtesy Moscow Ballet
Here's your bowl of The Nutcracker productions for 2014. Don't break a tooth!
The Stillwater Nutcracker from the St. Croix Ballet has a long tradition—it’s the 24th year. It’s also the most reasonably priced—$15 for a reserved seat. It runs Nov. 28 – Nov. 30.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is back on Hennepin Avenue at the Orpheum but for one night only: Dec. 6. It’s a shorter engagement than last year. Is this our passive-aggressive response to Putin? $32 - $179.
The Academy of Russian Ballet will dance the The Nutcracker at Eden Prairie High School, Dec. 12 – 14. There’s a special deal for Girl Scouts: $13 per Scout includes the show, a backstage tour, and a patch. Otherwise: $17 - $29 for mere mortals.
Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota performs The Nutcracker at the Ames Center (formerly the Burnsville Center for Performing Arts). It’s “Home of the Nutcracker Ballet south of the river.” Dec. 12 – 14. $16 - $32.
Ballet Minnesota will dance The Nutcracker at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium. It runs Dec. 17 – 21. (Some performances are specifically for ballet students.) $18 - $44.
Loyce Houlton’s Nutracker Fantasy, from Minnesota Dance Theatre, is a legacy—it’s the longest running show in our state’s history. And this year marks its 50th celebration, making this the year to spend the $100 on the Grand Tea Party. Productions are Dec. 19 – 23 at the State Theatre on Hennepin Avenue with a 44-piece orchestra led by Minnesota’s own Philip Brunelle. $45 - $75.
The Metropolitan Ballet will perform The Nutcracker at the auditorium at Hopkins High School, with live music from the Kenwood Symphony. It will feature Giuseppe Bausilio from Broadway’s production of Billy Elliot the Musical. Dec. 21 only. $19 - $59.
Pull out your bassoon. We lost Zenon Dance Company’s witty, wonderful, extra-kid-friendly Nutcracker According to Mother Goose production this year. If that makes you as sad as it makes us, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe we can bring it back to life.