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November 26 - December 24, 2016

"The experience of Christmas magic at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House truly is unparalleled."

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Why See Colorado Ballet: The Nutcracker?


Now in its 56th year, Colorado Ballet's Nutcracker will be gracing the stage once again at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, joined by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, following 2014's record-breaking run and the most successful staging in the company's history to date. What will 2016 bring?

With a real wintry twist, the production promises to dazzle audiences with glittering snowflakes, shimmering sugarplum fairies, a real on-stage blizzard, unforgettable characters, stunning costumes and scenery by Jose Varon. This seasonal tradition features classic choreography paired with Tchaikovsky's extraordinary score, performed live.


The scene is set in 19th century Europe at a party in a grand townhouse, home of the Stalbaum family. Gathered together are the family and friends, including the rather eccentric toy inventor Herr Drosselmeyer. Presenting Clara our heroine with a striking nutcracker doll, he later comforts her when her boisterous brother Fritz breaks it.

Still distraught, Clara is tired from the evening's festivities and falls asleep in the parlour, nestling with her fixed nutcracker. As midnight strikes, she starts to dream vividly; her Nutcracker has come alive (and human-sized!), and is engaged in battle with a pack of unruly mice. Defeating them, he whisks Clara to the Land of Sweets and beyond. There she encounters dancing snowflakes, a host of exotic and beautiful sweets and the kingdom's benevolent ruler, the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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Opening night: 26 November 2016


Suitable for all ages

Run time

One hour and 50 minutes including a 20-minute intermission

Cast and Creative


Artistic Director - Gil Boggs

Executive Director - Marie Belew Wheatley

Next available performances

Sat, Nov 26


Sun, Nov 27



Mon, Nov 28



Tue, Nov 29



Wed, Nov 30



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