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The 2017 Nutcracker Performances in New Orleans

Nothing gets you ready for the Holidays like The Nutcracker. Here are you chances to see this beautiful production.

Nov. 28  
Hip Hop Nutcracker
The Saenger Theater, 7:30 pm
The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist.  Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker prince, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of sugarplums into 1980s Brooklyn. The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.
Dec 1 & 2
Ballet Louisiane, Leila Haller Ballet Classique
Jesuit High School, Dec. 1, 7:30 pm; Dec. 2, 2:30 pm.  For tickets, click here.
Lelia Haller Ballet Classique presents Ballet Louisiana in its annual production featuring more than 100 local performers, including adults as well as children. This is the 11th year the nonprofit ballet company has staged “The Nutcracker.”
Dec. 1, 2 & 3
River Region Ballet
Destrehan High School Auditorium, Dec. 1, 7:30 pm; Dec. 2, 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Dec. 3, 2 pm
The River Region Ballet, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that has performed a full length Nutcracker in the river region since 1995, and in 1998 a Spring Concert was added to the ballet company’s season. 
Dec. 3
The Nutcracker Suite, New Orleans Ballet Association
Tulane University’s Dixon Hall, 3 pm and 6 pm. For tickets, click here.
NOBA has been serving and helping to advance the dance field for more than 40 years with a mission to cultivate understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of dance through performance, education, and community service.
Dec. 8-10, 16-17
Jefferson Ballet Theatre
Gretna Cultural Center, Dec. 8, 7:30 pm; Dec. 9, 7:30 pm; Dec. 10, 2:30 pm ; Dec.16, 7:30 pm; Dec. 17, 2 pm. For tickets, click here.
Presented by the German-American Cultural Center and the Jefferson Ballet Theatre, the E.T.A. Hoffman tale of “The Nutcracker and the Mouseking” with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  It is a two-act ballet, staged on some 45 professional and student dancers, with splendid scenery, elaborate costumes and special effects.  A holiday delight for both boys and girls, the show features a sword fight, a battle of soldiers and mice, international dances, athleticism and romance.  Come experience this holiday tradition firsthand, as you see Clara’s Christmas party, her dream, and her visit to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy, all with a German touch, right in the heart of picturesque downtown Gretna.
Dec. 16, 17, & 22
New Orleans Ballet Theatre
The Orpheum Theater, Dec. 16, 2 pm and 7 pm; Dec. 17, 2 pm; Dec. 22, 2 pm and 7 pm
New Orleans Ballet Theatre (NOBT) will present five performances of the classic Christmas tale, The Nutcracker. This year will mark the third year the company will collaborate with both the historic Orpheum Theater downtown and a local artist for the poster artwork. With its biggest cast to date, over 150 local children and professional dancers will be sharing the stage this December.
Dec. 16 & Dec. 17
New Orleans School of Ballet
Tulane University’s McWilliams Hall, Dec. 16, 3 pm; Dec. 17, 1 pm and 3 pm
A brilliantly imagined New Orleans twist on Tchaikovsky’s treasured holiday classic.
Dec. 22 & 23
Delta Festival Ballet
Mahalia Jackson Theater, Dec. 22, 7:30 pm; Dec. 23, 2 pm
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany the performances. The production is directed by
Joseph Giacobbe and Maria Giacobbe.  Guest Artists include Christine Shevchenko and Gray Davis of American Ballet Theatre. 
Dec. 26
Moscow Ballet with the Galloway’s Studio of Dance
The Saenger Theater, 3 pm and 7 pm. For tickets, click here.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by “La La Land’ Set Concept designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50 ft tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20ft wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score.

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