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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a traditional holiday ballet performed with live dance, choral, and orchestra to the music of Tchaikovsky. In this magical story Clara and her Nutcracker Prince are led through an enchanted dream by Clara's godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer.
"Extraordinary performances...
The dancers are fearless."

Philip Johnston
The News-Gazette
From the exciting battle of mice and soldiers to the magnificent scenes of snow and sweets, this entertaining ballet will captivate the imagination of audiences both young and young-at-heart.

Nowhere else in the area can you enjoy the combined beauty of a live ballet performance and a forty-piece orchestra. The CU Ballet and CU Symphony Orchestra collaboration makes this an event you must see and hear.

The Nutcracker features company dancers from CU Ballet along with scores of children from the Champaign-Urbana community. This local production is done with professional quality, performed at the beautiful Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois. John Frayne of the News-Gazette calls CU Ballet's Nutcracker, "one of our major local holiday traditions" and "a wonderful evening...that will charm and enchant children of all ages."

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