Kansas City Ballet Presents 41st Annual Production of THE NUTCRACKER, Now thru 12/24

The Kansas City Ballet's 41st annual production of The Nutcracker, presented at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, featuring the choreography of Todd Bolender, returns for 18 public performances and three matinees for schools. This two-act ballet continues to delight audiences with its magnificent sets, costumes and special effects. Three casts of Kansas City Ballet dancers and the new KCB II, plus more than 175 local youngsters ages 7 to 22 selected from Kansas City Ballet School, will perform E.T.A. Hoffman's story.

Devon Carney, Kansas City Ballet's newly appointed artistic director stated, "I am honored to carry forward this tradition for Kansas City audiences. For the past 40 years, Kansas City Ballet has produced this spectacular holiday classic to the delight of hundreds of thousands of adults and children and this year will be no exception."

Kansas City Ballet's presentation of The Nutcracker is one of the largest, most theatrically successful productions in the region. Kansas City Symphony, under the baton of Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau, will perform this unforgettable score.


The Nutcracker is presented by Bank of America.

Ticket Information

This classic American tradition is extremely popular and those interested in purchasing tickets are advised to act quickly. Tickets may be purchased by telephone at 816.931.2232, in person at the Kansas City Ballet Box Office located at the Bolender Center at 500 W. Pershing Rd. (west of Union Station) or with "Select Your Own Seat" capability online atwww.kcballet.org. Tickets also may be purchased at the Kauffman Center Box Office and website. Visit the Kansas City Ballet website for more information about performance times, seating options and parking at www.kcballet.org. Ticket prices range from $29 to $119. There is a $6.00 Kauffman Center facilities/service fee per ticket.

Parking and Downtown Maps

Information and maps for Kauffman Center parking and construction updates can be found online at http://kcballet.org/performancestickets/planyourvisit/directions.html. The Kauffman Center Parking Garage is the most convenient, with a $7 fee collected at the gate upon arrival

Special Community Senior Group Pricing

Kansas City Ballet also offers a $25 main floor ticket to select performances for seniors groups and community service agencies. This greatly-reduced price benefits the needy and the elderly of Kansas City who would otherwise never have the opportunity to experience The Nutcracker. Call 816.931.2232 x1311 for more information.

Nutcracker Ball Presented by the Kansas City Ballet Guild
Don't miss the most delightfully festive party in town - the Ballet Guild's 46th annual Nutcracker Ball, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City. The evening begins with an enchanting cocktail hour accompanied by endless Christmas goodies, followed by a delicious three-course meal and a behind-the-scenes VIP performance by Kansas City Ballet dancers. Then let the music and merriment take you away while you dance all night with the Michael Beers Band at Kansas City's premier holiday event! The Honorary Chairmen are Dr. Michael and Ginger Frost. The Chairmen are Susan Bubb and Megan Bubb Cribb. You may purchase your Nutcracker Ball tickets online atwww.kcballet.org/ball or for more information contact balletball@kcballet.org or 816-926-0505.

The 19th Annual Sugar Plum Fairy Children's Ball

The Sugar Plum Fairy Children's Ball takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City. Guests will park at the Kauffman Center and be whisked off to the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center and the magic of The Waltz of the Flowers. Children will delight in having their complimentary picture taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy, watching traveling magicians and interacting with costumed characters. Parents will enjoy shopping at the Marketplace. Dine on a delicious three-course lunch, enjoy entertainment provided by Kansas City Youth Ballet and dance with your family and friends to holiday music. Shuttles will transport guests to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for the 2:00 p.m. matinee of Kansas City Ballet's The Nutcracker.

This event is committed to promoting the arts, Kansas City Ballet's production of The Nutcracker and raising funds for the Kansas City Ballet School and its scholarship program. Luncheon tables for 10 are on sale for $1,500. Individual luncheon tickets and luncheon/show packages are on sale now, with ticket prices starting at $70. For reservations or more information contact Rene Horne at 816.931.2232 x1346.

The Nutcracker Special Events Calendar

Fri., Dec. 6 Nutcracker Ball at Bartle Hall, Cocktails 6:30 p.m., Dinner 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 7 Sugar Plum Fairy Children's Ball at Bartle Hall

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 7 The Nutcracker opens at 2:00 p.m.

The Nutcracker

December 7-24, 2013 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts | Music performed by Kansas City Symphony

Kansas City's favorite holiday tradition continues with the presentation of Todd Bolender's delightful family classic The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker Choreography: Todd Bolender Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Sat., Dec. 7 2 p.m. (*) & 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 8 1 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 13 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 14 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 15 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 18 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 19 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 20 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 21 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 22 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 23 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 24 1 p.m.

(*) Sugar Plum Fairy Children's Ball

Fact Sheet for The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a classic ballet in two acts with four scenes and a prologue based on a tale by E.T.A. Hoffman "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" (1816). Running time is 1 hour 54 minutes which includes (1) 20-minute intermission.

Act I Prologue Intermission Act II

Scene I The Party Kingdom of the Sweets

Scene II The Battle

Scene III The Snow Forest

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