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Date: 12/5/2021
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: The Peabody Auditorium

About The Event

Health & Safety Info:

The event producer and artist management for this event have an optional mask policy for patrons attending. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test are not required for this particular performance.

The cast of over 90 performers in this magnificent production comes from 13 participating dance studios, with choreography produced by 11 choreographers.  This event is a collaborative community project with professional guest artists from Cincinnati Ballet.  

Set to the classical music of the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the story comes alive when a young girl Clara, performed by Gabriella Palmer, receives a magical Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve from her mysterious magician godmother Frau Drosselmeyer, played by Valerie Betts. Drosselmeyer’s young Apprentice, played by Kelan Halloran, befriends Clara and protects her from her naughty young brother Fritz, played by Ralph Medley, and his rowdy friends.  

As she drifts asleep, in her dream a battle ensues between the army of mice led by the Mouse King, played by Aiden Ibanez, with the Mouse Queen, played by Jenna Galka, against the army of toy soldiers led by her beloved Nutcracker, played by Kelan Halloran.  As Clara helps the Nutcracker to overthrow the Mouse King, a spell is broken and the Nutcracker is transformed back into a Prince who looks just like her protector Apprentice. To thank Clara for her bravery, the Prince takes her on a journey through an enchanted Snow Forest where they meet a majestic Snow Queen, played by Ariel Starling, and a Dew Drop, played by Sailor Laub. 

Traveling through the swirling snowflakes, Clara and her Prince arrive to the Kingdom of Sweets. The beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier greet them with sweet confections from exotic lands of Arabia, Spain, Russia, France, and China. This year’s spectacular guest artists are from the Cincinnati Ballet with Melissa Gelfin De-Poli as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Rafael Quenedit Castro as the Cavalier. They will join the cast for the Saturday evening and for the Sunday matinee shows.

During the performances, the Peabody lobby will be transformed into a quaint German village. Patrons can purchase unique Nutcracker gifts from Frau Drosselmeyer’s Magical Toy Shop and indulge in sweet delights from the breathtaking Kingdom of Sweets Shoppe.

The always highly anticipated Children’s Sugar Plum Tea is offered on Saturday and Sunday one hour prior to the show. Children ages 3-12 will enjoy sweet confections and other holiday treats in a fairytale atmosphere with beautifully decorated trees and tables. A few of our Nutcracker characters will make an appearance to pose for photos to enhance the holiday experience. 


Ticket prices range from $20 to $45 plus surcharges.

Children’s Sugar Plum Tea tickets are $20 per child as an add-on. A show ticket and a tea ticket are required to attend the Sugar Plum Tea.



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