Two Chances To See The Nutcracker This Holiday Season

This holiday season offers two opportunities to see the time-honored, classic ballet The Nutcracker, in Longmont. The Longmont Symphony Orchestra and Boulder Ballet present The Nutcracker Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, and Centennial State Ballet featuring students from Longmont Dance Theatre Academy, in this grand-scale production will perform The Nutcracker Friday, Dec. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 23 at Niwot High School Auditorium.

The Nutcracker ballet is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Although what is seen on stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same – it’s the story of Clara, a young German girl who travels with her prince to the land of sweets.

The Longmont Symphony Orchestra joins Boulder Ballet for this annual holiday tradition that combines exciting choreography with a full, live orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s masterful score. Their performances of The Nutcracker will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

New this year, On December 1 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and the Boulder Ballet will present a sensory-friendly abridged version of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Ballet for individuals with special needs and their families.

Sensory-Friendly Concert Accommodations include:

  • House lights will remain at 35%
  • Professional support will be easily accessible for any questions or problems
  • Involuntary movements & noises are welcome
  • Designated quiet area
  • EMT onsite for emergencies

In its 17th year of performing The Nutcracker, Centennial State Ballet will host their performances December 21-23. Under the direction of Executive Artistic Director Kristin Kingsley, this year’s presentation by Longmont’s youth ballet company will feature accompaniment by the Centennial State Ballet Chamber Orchestra and special guest artists Matthew Helms and Crissy Smidt. The Company’s performances of The Nutcracker will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7 p.m. show will take place on Saturday, Dec. 22, and the performance will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23. Tickets are $17 for Students/Seniors and $22 for Adults. Purchase your tickets today!


All photos courtesy Centennial State Ballet & Longmont Symphony Orchestra.