The Nutcracker, Alberta Ballet

There is always a new reason to experience this timeless masterpiece

This timeless holiday tale will transport you to Imperialist Russia’s majestic era, when French fashion was in vogue and Tchaikovsky composed his timeless masterpiece. The Nutcracker features a live orchestra and a cast of more than 120 dancers, with dazzling sets and costumes designed by Emmy-award winning designer Zack Brown, and choreography by our own Edmund Stripe. Each year, Alberta Ballet offers new elements in The Nutcracker to keep it fresh. Whether it’s new cast members dancing lead roles, whimsical costumes, enchanting choreography, or engaging lobby activities for the kids, it always feels like the first time.


Top 10 Reasons to see The Nutcracker

  1. It’s a magical holiday tradition – This family holiday classic has been enchanting dance fans of all ages, all over the world, for decades. The Nutcracker is a magical way to introduce your children to all aspects of the performing arts, including dance, live orchestral music, costuming, lighting and story telling.

  2. It jumpstarts your Christmas spirit – How many times has Christmas snuck up on you? Bringing your family to The Nutcracker is the perfect way to jumpstart your Christmas spirit and get into holiday mode. Performances start in Edmonton in early December.

  3. There’s always something new to explore – Each year, Alberta Ballet offers new elements in The Nutcracker to keep it fresh. Whether it’s new cast members dancing lead roles, whimsical costumes, enchanting choreography, or engaging lobby activities, it always feels like the first time.

  4. Allows you to support local arts – Whether you’re in Calgary or Edmonton, taking in The Nutcracker helps support the local arts scene. Money raised during The Nutcracker makes it possible for Alberta Ballet to bring blockbuster programming to the stage all year long.

  5. It’s all about the kids! – Every year, The Nutcracker features more than 100 dancers from Edmonton, Calgary and surrounding areas and students from Alberta Ballet School. Because half the cast is made up of children, your own child will identify easily with the drama and be enthralled. Introducing children to the arts will inspire them to believe in beauty, and in themselves, for the rest of their lives.

  6. Embodies community spiritThe Nutcracker is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with your community. Bring your friends, family, neighbours, and work colleagues to celebrate the holidays together. Even the lobby buzzes with the energy provided by local choirs and performers. What a great way to share your love of the ballet with the special people in your life!

  7. Delights with surprise roles – Each year, The Nutcracker features special guests in walk-on roles. Will it be you? Someone you know and recognize? You never know!

  8. Offers rare holiday shopping finds – During The Nutcracker, Alberta Ballet hosts a boutique in the lobby that features Nutcracker dolls of all sizes and unique products from local artisans. Reserve time to shop at the boutique and find the ideal gift for someone special. Proceeds go to support Alberta Ballet.

  9. Provides a live music experienceThe Nutcracker is one of the only Alberta Ballet productions featuring music by a live orchestra, bringing a whole new energy level to the stage and audience.

  10. Because you love dance – We already know you love dance and get excited when we introduce our new works, our blockbuster programming and our family classics. The Nutcracker is another great opportunity to experience the art you love.


COMPOSER: Pyotr Tchaikovsky







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