Contemporary Nutcracker


Location: Patricia George Decio Theatre (View on map )

A family friendly performance for all ages. Our version of the Nutcracker does not use the traditional Tchaikovsky score, yet the storylines are similar. In our story, Klara is a homeless girl living in today's busy world with the hustle and bustle of people preparing for the holiday season. Klara is offered a gift of a broken Nutcracker doll found in the trash by another homeless person, Herr Drosselmeyer. Drosselmeyer casts a magic spell where Klara dreams of a Mouse Queen who battles with the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker transforms into a prince and takes Klara to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy and her kingdom. Along the way there are dancing snowflakes, graceful fairies, and waltzing flowers. The kingdom celebrates Klara's visit with costumes and dances from around the world. There are dances from China, Spain, India and more! The Sugar Plum Fairy dances as well.

Through the magical courage that Drosselmeyer gave her, Klara discovers that even a small kindness can make a difference. Klara finds her family with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince. In the end, Klara teaches us that all people are special, no matter if they seem different or unimportant.

Join us with a new tradition to celebrate the holiday season!

There will be two performances: 

3 pm        Get Tickets 

7:30 pm Get Tickets

Faculty, staff, & student pricing.

Smoke, fog, haze and/or strobes will be used.