Kansas City Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker this December

A favorite Kansas City Holiday Tradition!

Ignite your imagination with holiday magic!

December 5-24, 2019 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Presented by: Bank of America

Kansas City Ballet Dancers in The Nutcracker | Choreography by Devon Carney | Music by Tchaikovsky | Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios


In 2015, Kansas City Ballet produced their critically-acclaimed version of The Nutcracker by Artistic Director Devon Carney. This production has not only wowed Kansas City audiences for these past five years, but it received praise when it traveled to The John F. Kennedy Center in 2017. The Washington Post declared Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker was “positively oozing charm”.

Create a tradition with your family and friends. Attend a performance of The Nutcracker and be sure to sit for a souvenir photo with one of the performers, pick out your favorite ornament or your very own nutcracker as a memento, and enjoy some holiday cheer with a themed dessert or drink at the hall. If it’s snowing, there’s no where more beautiful to admire it than in the Kauffman Center’s beautifully windowed Brandmeyer Hall.

You’ll delight in E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic, Victorian-era story features Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, Dr. Drosselmeier and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Kansas City Ballet delivers a magical theatrical experience complete with exquisite costumes, grand sets and captivating choreography. Tchaikovsky’s legendary score is played by Kansas City Symphony. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!


With ballet, the story is told beautifully through movement and music. So no matter your age, you’ll be enchanted!

An audience member once shared a favorite memory of Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker:

“I took my 3-year-old grand-daughter with me to The Nutcracker. It was her first time at a ballet. About 15 minutes into the performance she leaned over and whispered to me: ‘I can’t hear what they’re saying.'”

Even if it’s your first time attending a ballet or an arts event at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, you will fit right in. All it takes is a curious mind and an ability to sit back and enjoy what comes.


Order your tickets directly from Kansas City Ballet to get the best price. Tickets to The Nutcracker go fast! Be sure to buy your tickets now to guarantee the performance and section you want. If you have trouble selecting your own seat or have questions about the theatre, please call us at 816.931.8993 during business hours. Our friendly box office staff will be happy to help you with any questions or purchase.