The Nutcracker returns December 13-22

Nov 22, 2013 in 13-14 Season Releases

Brand new elements and family activities enhance the Nutcracker experience

TULSA, Okla. – November 20, 2013 – Tulsa Ballet transforms the Tulsa Performing Arts Center into a holiday wonderland with The Nutcracker from December 13-22, 2013. The breathtaking choreography and fantastical sets and costumes of this timeless holiday classic will delight audiences young and old. To add to The Nutcracker experience, several new family-friendly activities will be featured during this year’s performance run, including special “Family Matinees”, an expanded V.I.P. section and choir performances.

Tulsa Ballet’s production brings a unique spin to the classic tale of The Nutcracker, setting the magical journey of young Marie Stahlbaum in 1920s Paris, an homage to Tulsa’s art deco history. Several new elements were introduced to the production last year, when famed children’s choreographer Bruce Wells of Pacific Northwest Ballet created new choreography for the opening scenes of the ballet, which follows a traditional story line that now includes an expanded Christmas Party scene with new children’s dances and the traditional opening of the presents under the Christmas tree. In Act Two, the beloved Mother Ginger and her baby clowns also returned to the show for the first time since 2002. This year they’ll get all new costumes to better integrate them into the current production.

“Following a record breaking 2012 The Nutcracker, our production continues to evolve in order to stay relevant and appealing to our audience. We’re bringing in more fresh elements like the new costumes for Mother Ginger and her little clowns. We are experiencing an increased demand for this holiday classic and look forward to entertaining and enchanting families from all over the state with our unique production,” Artistic Director Marcello Angelini said.

One of the most notable perennial elements of The Nutcracker is of course its huge cast of more than 100 local children in roles as party guests, soldiers, mice and clowns. The young cast members are selected through auditions and represent a dozen Tulsa-area communities, from as far away as Muskogee and Grove.

In addition to the return of elements introduced last year and new costumes, the festivities surrounding the performances are also getting a boost. Beginning one hour prior to show time at the December 21 and 22 “Family Matinees”, patrons are invited to the Westby Pavilion room at the Performing Arts Center to enjoy holiday festivities like Christmas music, storytelling and photo ops. The activities are open to all ticket holders. The V.I.P section at all performances has also been expanded, and a V.I.P. Experience ticket includes prime seating, a commemorative gift and post-show Behind-the-Scenes Tour and Dancer Meet-and-Greet.

The Nutcracker has been a beloved holiday tradition for Tulsa families for decades and we want to make that experience even more special this year,” Tulsa Ballet General Manager Stacey Jenkins said. “Our V.I.P. Experience and Family Matinees will give families an opportunity to experience The Nutcracker in a whole new way: up-close and personal.”

Attendees at other performance dates aren’t excluded from the extra festivities: area high school choirs will perform in the Westby Pavilion prior to the December 13, 14, 15 and 20 shows. Participating schools include Tulsa high schools Edison and Booker T. Washington, Owasso High School and Bixby High School.

Performances of The Nutcracker will run from December 13-22, 2013, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. All performances include live music provided by Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start as low as $20 and may be purchased by calling (918) 749-6006 or by visiting