The Nutcracker 2022

We are proud to present the Nutcracker this holiday season, featuring our company's first holiday season on stage! Enjoy performances from our professional dancers and academy students.

Polk Theatre

December 10th 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

with Orlando Symphony

December 11th  @ 3:00 pm

Wayne Densch Performing Arts

December 16th @ 7:00 pm

Lake Eola Amphitheater

December 17th @ 7:30 pm


Program - TBA

Our Nutcracker program will be announced in the upcoming weeks. 


Scene 1

It is Christmas Eve. The Stahlbaums are hosting their annual Christmas party, welcoming their family and friends.  The children, Clara and Fritz, are dancing and playing as they welcome their friends too.

The party grows festive with music and dance as godfather Drosselmeyer arrives.  Drosselmeyer draws everyone's attention as he presents a life-size doll.  It is the delight of the party.

The children begin to open gifts when Drosselmeyer presents his to Clara and Fritz.  He gives Clara a beautiful Nutcracker that becomes the hit of the party.  Fritz gives the Nutcracker a coconut and promptly breaks it.  Clara is heartbroken looking on as Drosselmeyer quickly repairs the Nutcracker.

As the evening grows late, the guests depart and the Stahlbaum family retires for the evening.  Clara, worried about her beloved Nutcracker, sneaks back to the tree to check on him, falling asleep with him in her arms.

Scene 2

As the clock strikes midnight strange things begin to happen.  Clara begins shrinking as her beautiful Christmas tree grows high above her.  The toys around the tree come to life while the room fills with an army of Rats, led by the fierce Rat King.  As the Nutcracker awakens, he leads his army of Toy Soldiers into battle with the Rats.  The Rat King corners the Nutcracker and battles him one-on-one.  The Nutcracker seems to be no match for the Rat King.

The Nutcracker and his army can go on no longer and are captured by the Rats and their King.  Clara makes a final daring charge throwing her slipper at the Rat King, hitting him.  The Rat King drops to the floor and the Rats run away, carrying off their leader.

Scene 3

The Nutcracker turns into a Prince and takes Clara on a journey to the Land of Snow, an enchanted forest wonderland where they are welcomed by dancing snowflakes.





Scene 1

The Prince escorts Clara to the Land of Sweets where they are greeted by the Palace Queen.  The Prince tells her about their daring battle with the army of Rats and she rewards them with a celebration of dances.

  • The Spanish Dance

  • The Arabian Dance

  • The Chinese Dance

  • The Russian Dance

  • The Shepherdess Dance

As a finale, Clara and the Nutcracker dance a beautiful Pas De Deux.

Scene 2

Clara awakens from her dream and finds herself by her Christmas tree with her beloved Nutcracker. 


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