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Bethesda, MD Cast

The deadline for discounted Friends and Family ticketing has arrived and the portal is closed for this performance, but there are still great seats available from the venue!

If you need 10 or more tickets, please reach out to groups@nutcracker.com.

If you need ADA seating or have special requirements or requests, please reach out to groups@nutcracker.com and we will be happy to help if we can. Please note that not all requests can be guaranteed. Get your tickets now!

Experience NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet

2023 Season

The beloved family tradition is back: NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet! Gather your loved ones for the warm-glow-nostalgia of America’s favorite Christmas celebration. Experience the extraordinary international cast and Ukrainian Principal Artists performing at the peak of classical European Ballet. Be transported by the magic of jaw-dropping acrobatics, larger than life puppets and stunning hand-crafted sets and costumes. Don’t miss this chance to experience the wonder of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet. Get tickets now!

The Theater

The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda

Welcome to the home of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet in Bethesda: the Strathmore! The Strathmore is a nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center and presenting organization based one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland. Best known for performances and events at the Music Center at Strathmore, the organization has been presenting accessible, affordable visual and performing arts in the smaller Mansion at Strathmore and all over its 16-acre site since 1981. Strathmore also presents throughout the community and at a new 250-seat venue, AMP, at Pike & Rose.

High quality arts programming, designed for audiences of many tastes, served with the hospitality and warmth of a family enterprise, are the hallmarks of Strathmore. Seasonal outdoor events seek to be inclusive in their programming appeal, reaching out to people of all ages, interests, and cultural heritage.

Partner Studio

Bethesda Partner Ballet Studio: CityDance

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full international professional cast are local Bethesda children from CityDance. CityDance’s mission is to advance the appreciation for and participation in contemporary dance through performance and education. CityDance is comprised of the following programs: Studio Education, under the direction of Lorraine Spiegler, providing dance training at multiple sites around the DC metropolitan area; Center at Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD), a Dance School and Conservatory committed to training young dancers for professional careers; Center at DC Dance Collective (Washington, DC), specializing in early childhood dance education; CityDance Early Arts, led by Kelli Quinn, is a youth development and arts education program providing free performances, after-school programs and summer camps to underserved neighborhoods; CityDance Black Box Theater at Strathmore, producing and presenting professional dance performances and providing a performance home for CityDance Conservatory and School students; Artist-in-Residence Program is part of CityDance’s commitment to producing and presenting professional dance in the DC metropolitan area.

FAQ For Friends and Family Tickets

Do we get special seats this year?

Seats have been held for the Friends and Family of children in the show. Your ticket orders will be pulled from those areas.

How should we buy those tickets?

After the local audition, Friends and Family will receive an email with a special link for the show. This year, please buy directly online with the special link sent to you.

After I buy, when will we get the tickets?

As in past years, this process can take a bit of time. It can take up to a month, but don’t worry because those tickets are held just for you! If you have questions, please email [email protected] and our team will assist you.

Can I give my friends this special link?

Yes! you may share that link with anyone who wants to see your child dance!

Do we get a discount like in past years?

Yes!  There is a 23% discount built into your special link!

I’m not sure what performance time my child will be cast in. Can I buy the tickets now and get moved to another show if needed?

Please wait to purchase until you know which showtime your child will perform.  We cannot move seats once they have been confirmed.

“What a magnificent show! We’ve attended several different performances of the nutcracker in the past. This show puts all of them to shame! We plan on making this a regular holiday event for our family! Thank you for such a great holiday experience!!”

“Loved the nutcracker production. Costumes were beautiful and dancers as usual did not disappoint. Great family holiday experience”

“Commitment to the theme of Love and Peace”
CNN News

“Technically supreme dancing, dazzling... authentically opulent...”
Calgary Herald

“Technical prowess was…truly “great”...whimsical sets and giant animal stick puppets and colorful costumes… stellar Arabian Variation… breathtaking!”
Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2014

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