The Performance

  • "Oh, Mama," she said, "there was a terrible battle between the mice and the toys."
    E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
  • "Bring up the reserves!" commanded Nutcracker...
    E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
  • "Nutcracker rose to his feet and said, "my excellent lady, with my enemy defeated I can now show you the most wonderful things..."
    E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
  • "She heard strange singing, buzzing, and humming noises in the distance that seemed to draw closer, and felt herself rising as if on waves higher, higher, higher, and higher... "
    E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The design team

Sandra Woodall, Costume Designs

Sandra Woodall has contributed scenic and costume designs to San Francisco Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Norwegian National Ballet, the State Opera Ballet of Austra, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Project, Singapore Dance Theatre and many other companies around the world.

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JACK GAUGHAN, Musical Director and Conductor

Jack Gaughan has a career spanning classical music and Broadway. He has conducted concerts at Lincoln Center, the White House and the Kennedy Center. He has conducted world premieres at Minnesota Opera, (From The Towers of the Moon) New York Encompass (Only Heaven), and continues to be involved in developing new musical theater pieces.

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Nevada Ballet Theatre's production of The Nutcracker

Nevada Ballet Theatre's (NBT) production of The Nutcracker returns for its second year with new elements and surprises on December 14 through December 22 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Avenue.

In keeping with tradition, The Nutcracker includes many roles for student dancers, allowing them the opportunity to rehearse in the same studio and perform on the same stage with the professional company. This year's cast of over 100 children from the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre and NBT's Education and Outreach programs. "This level of exposure and commitment prepares these young people for what lies ahead in their performance careers and therefore is probably the most important aspect of their training," said Artistic Director James Canfield.

Ticket prices range from $29-$178 (plus fees) and can be ordered by calling
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at (702) 749-2000 or by visiting here.


performance location

buy tickets

  • Order Your Tickets by Phone
    p: 702-749-2000 (TTY USERS PLEASE CALL 800-326-6868 OR DIAL 711)
  • Visit the Box Office
    The Smith Center for the Performing Arts 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106.

  • Special Nutcracker Experiences
  • NBT Holiday Boutique & Character Photos
    As an added experience, come early to the performance and enjoy the special holiday boutique located in The Smith Center lobby. Click for info.
  • Candy Box Experience
    Nevada Ballet Theatre Invites you to indulge with a Candy Box Experience at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Click for info.
  • Insights
    Ticketholders enjoy a free, pre-performance experience with in-depth commentary and multi-media content 45 minutes prior to curtain. At the Troesh Studio Theater on The Smith Center Campus. Click for info.
  • Discovery Children's Museum Collaboration
    Specially planned children's programming in celebration of NBT's all-new production of The Nutcracker. Click for info.
  • Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
    Throughout the month of December, Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas will offer "The Nutcracker Themed Tea," in the Tea Lounge on the 23rd Floor. Click for info.

  • Give the Gift of Nutcracker- The Perfect Holiday Event for your friends, staff or clients! Groups are welcome. Contact or call (702) 243-2623 x 224 to book your party of 10 or more.
  • Treat yourself to fine wine and other beverages or small-bites before the show or during intermission by exploring our Food & Beverage section. Browse our FAQs, theatre etiquette primer and even our travel and parking instructions for tips to help make your trip to the ballet a more relaxing and enjoyable event.

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