The Nutcracker Ballet – it just may be the most classic of holiday traditions. And while the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker is the most traditional of them all, choices for South Shore families are numerous: traditional performances to modern interpretations, full-length, lavish productions to less traditional versions.
Below is a list of South Shore -area performances of the Tchaikovsky holiday classic, coming to multiple stages in the coming weeks.
The International Ballet School of Norwell
The International Ballet School of Norwell will be performing 2 shows of the Nutcracker at Hingham Middle School December 2nd @ 6:00PM and December 3rd @ 2:00PM
Add an extra special experience to your Nutcracker tickets. After the show, head to the back lobby to get your photo with, and an autographed book from, Clara, The Sugar Plum Fairy, The Mouse Queen and the Nutcracker himself for only $15 per child! Ticket start at $35 and can be purchased in advanced
The Braintree Ballet Company Proudly presents it’s 19th season of the Nutcracker for 3 performances Saturday December 9th 2pm & 7pm and Sunday December 10th 2pm at East Junior High in Braintree. Tickets are $25 online Cash only at the door
The four performances of The Nutcracker are Saturday, Dec. 16th at 1 p.m. and 6.p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17th at 1 pm. and 6pm. Performances will be at Thayer Academy . All seats are reserved. Tickets are $20
Boston area performances
Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker
Appropriate for all ages, Moscow Ballet celebrates the 25th anniversary tour. The performance features 40 highly-trained, professional Russian dancers selected from Moscow’s finest, elaborate Victorian-inspired costumes, and colorful backdrops designed by an award-winning team.
Great Russian Nutcracker reintroduces audiences of all ages to young Masha on Christmas Eve, as she receives a Nutcracker doll as a cherished gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer. In a fit of jealousy, her mischievous brother Fritz, breaks the doll — leaving Masha heartbroken. Under the cover of nightfall, after all have gone to sleep, the Mouse King rears his fuzzy head to stir up mischief, and audiences gasp as legions of mice capture Masha’s strong-jawed Nutcracker companion and carry him away. The ensuing battle ushers the action into the enchanted Land of Peace and Harmony in the ballet’s second act, where Masha and her Nutcracker prince are welcomed with a grand celebration of world cultures, playful animals, and ballroom dancing — making Masha and the audience wonder if this was all a dream. Sunday December 3rd tickets start at $39
Experience the magic of a holiday tradition as José Mateo Ballet Theatre brings its beloved production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to the Strand Theatre for its 10th season. Get swept up in the fantastical story of Clara, who dreams that her toy nutcracker comes to life and takes her on an adventure to the Land of Sweets. Together they battle the evil Mouse King and dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy. This enchanting ballet is the perfect holiday treat and a great introduction for the whole family into the world of ballet. Tickets available December 15-24th
Combining ballet, swing, flamenco, hip-hop, step and urban tap along with Tchaikovsky’s classic score and Duke Ellington’s signature swing, Tony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker features a multicultural cast of talented dancers in this contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale. Now in its 16th year, the production remains fresh with updated choreography, new costumes and surprise guest stars. Instead of the traditional children’s roles “Clara” and “Fritz,” though, this version of the story presented at Boston’s Back Bay Events Center