Nutcracker 2018

New Orleans Ballet Theatre presents its annual performances of The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by         Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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 Dancers from Schramel Conservatory of Dance and other schools regularly perform in NOBT's annual The Nutcracker.

Dancers from Schramel Conservatory of Dance and other schools regularly perform in NOBT's annual The Nutcracker.

 New Orleans Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker.

New Orleans Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker.

Act I
The Stahlbaum Home

It’s Christmas Eve and Family and friends have gathered to decorate the Christmas tree. Children stand in awe of the tree and the party begins with them receiving presents. The clock strikes eight, and Drosselmeyer enters the room. A talented toymaker, he brings gifts for the children, including four lifelike dolls who delight everyone with their dancing before he puts them away.

Clara and Fritz are sad to see the dolls go, but Drosselmeyer has another toy for them: a wooden nutcracker. Clara takes a liking to the nutcracker, but Fritz purposely breaks it and Clara is heartbroken.

 New Orleans Ballet Theater's  The Nutcracker

New Orleans Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker

During the night, Clara returns to check on her broken nutcracker. The clock strikes midnight and she sees Drosselmeyer perched atop it. Mice fill the room and the Christmas tree grows tall. The nutcracker becomes life size as an army of gingerbread soldiers battle against and the mice, led by their king who begin to eat the soldiers.

The nutcracker leads the soldiers and dolls who carry off the wounded. The mouse king advances on the damaged nutcracker, but Clara distracts him, allowing the nutcracker to stab him. The mice retreat. The nutcracker transforms into a prince and leads Clara through a snow-covered pine forest and on to his kingdom.

 NOBT's  The Nutcracker  performance.

NOBT's The Nutcracker performance.

Act II
The Land of Sweets

Clara and the prince arrive in the Land of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy until the prince’s return. He tells her how Clara saved him from the mouse king and how he was transformed into his old self. A celebration of sweets is produced in Clara’s honor and they all dance, accompanied by shepherdesses and Mother Ginger with her children, the Polichinelles. Flowers waltz and the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier dance.

After a final waltz, the Sugar Plum Fairy ushers Clara and the Prince from their throne. The prince bows and she kisses Clara goodbye. She leads them to a reindeer sleigh which takes off as they wave goodbye.

The Historic Orpheum Theater

The Orpheum Theatre’s spacious orchestra, loges, balcony, and gallery offer newly-installed upholstered seats and comfortable accommodation for 1460 guests. The Orpheum was designed by G. Albert Lansburgh, built in 1918, and opened in 1921. Soon after, it became a movie house.

In 1983, the Orpheum was scheduled for demolition but was acquired by the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and underwent a $3 million renovation. It served as the orchestra's home theater until the orchestra's financial demise in 1991. Under new ownership, the Orpheum became the home of the newly formed Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), whose musicians prized the auditorium for its acoustical purity.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Orpheum Theater was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, but reopened in August 2015 with a performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Cast Members

Rehearsal schedules will be emailed and posted at the studio. After auditions, a mandatory parent meeting will be held to go over details about the performance and dancer participation and expectations.

In general, Act 1 dancers rehearse Friday evenings, and Act II dancers rehearse Saturday afternoons. Advanced dancers in Snow and Waltz Corps will rehearse Wednesday evenings, in addition to some Friday and Saturdays. Rehearsals are always subject to change and additional rehearsals will be scheduled if needed.

*Cast members: don't forget to use your discount code when purchasing tickets online.*