The Nutcracker in KC

Posted November 12, 2017 9:35pm by Jane

The holidays are coming soon, and one of my daughter’s and my favorite ways to enjoy them is with The Nutcracker. And this year, whether you like the tradition of the KC Ballet’s performance, or want something new and different, there are a few options to enjoy!

The Nutcracker, performed the Kansas City Ballet (& featuring local kids), is a timeless classic that includes sparkling costumes, exquisite sets and captivating choreography to ignite your children’s passion for the arts. With a run time of 2 hours and 15 minutes, make sure your kids are old enough to handle it, then sit back and enjoy a very special family day. You can have your kids’ photo taken with one of the characters one hour before and immediately after each performance for $20/photo to benefit the Kansas City Ballet School. December 7-24, 2017, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; click here for tickets.

This year, there’s also the Hip Hop Nutcracker, showing live at The Midland, December 10. This incredible performance re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography. Mix in an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist, and the Nutcracker story comes to life in contemporary New York City. It’s a new way to celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season. 6pm, December 10, 2017, at The Midland; click here for tickets

If heading to a big show is not quite in the cards for you, there are a few other Nutcracker-related activities too!

  • the Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball, December 9, 10:30am-1pm at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, immediately preceding a 2pm show
  • the Nutcracker Tea Party, which includes tea and a performance by the Crescendo Conservatory, Dec. 2 & 3 at the Ritz Charles. This year’s tea party is already sold out, but a great thing to look for next year!
  • Clara’s Dream: Get a taste of The Nutcracker, performed by the Miller Marley Youth Ballet, Dec. 16 & 17, at 2pm and 7pm at Olathe South High School. A great intro to this classic!

If you and your family enjoy The Nutcracker in another way in KC, be sure to leave it in the comments below!

Images courtesy of the KC Ballet & The Midland.



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