BalletMet The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition in Columbus and will be performed at the historic Ohio Theatre from December 13-28, 2019. This show has been enjoyed in Columbus since 1974 and is something that you’ll want to see year after year with family and friends.
While it isn’t one of the cheapest events in town, it’s one we consider “worth it”. BalletMet, with live music by Columbus Symphony Orchestra, will entertain all ages with the magical choreography, costumes, and sets.
The tale of the imaginative Clara, the nutcracker who turns into a prince, the Mouse King and the Sugarplum Fairy, will feature a large cast including BalletMet’s professional dancers from both its companies – BalletMet and BalletMet 2, along with 152 students from the BalletMet Academy. Each performance will have more than 122 characters onstage – including academy students in the roles of pages, party children, mice, and soldiers performing alongside BalletMet’s renowned professionals.
Arrive early or stay after and explore the holiday lights of downtown Columbus or dine at a local restaurant or bar. The Columbus Commons is just out the back door of the theatre, and will be illuminated in beautiful Christmas lights. There are several restaurants located on Main St., Gay St. and 4th Street that are within walking distance. Depending on the time and date you select, you may be able to take advantage of some great happy hours in downtown Columbus!
BalletMet The Nutcracker Tickets
Ticket prices range from $29 to $94 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.) and online at ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. Tickets are generally less expensive when ordered in person or on the phone through the box office, to avoid Ticketmaster fees.
BalletMet The Nutcracker Performances:
- Friday, December 13, 2019 – 7:30 pm
- Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm
- Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 12:00 pm and 5:30 pm
- Thursday, December 19, 2019 – 7:30 pm
- Friday, December 20, 2019 – 7:30 pm
- Saturday, December 21, 2019 – 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
- Sunday, December 22, 2019 – 12:00 pm and 5:30 pm
- Monday, December 23, 2019 – 1:00 pm and 7:30 pm
- Tuesday, December 24, 2019 – 12:00 pm
- My First Nutcracker – Thursday, December 26, 2019 – 11:00 am, General Admission
- Thursday, December 26, 2019 – 7:30 pm
- Friday, December 27, 2019 – 7:30 pm
- Saturday, December 28, 2019 – 2:00 pm and 7:30pm
Want to introduce a young child to Balletmet the Nutcracker? There is a special performance for the little fans on December 26 at 11 a.m. at Ohio Theatre. My First Nutcracker is a special one-hour performance suitable for kids ages 4 and under. The show features all the magic of the full performance but with a shortened storyline. We’ll keep the lights dimmed, and our mice will look a little more friendly, too. Need to get up and move? Head to our children’s area in the lobby for some fun crafts.
Nutcracker photos via BalletMet
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