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Charlottesville, VA 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 Paramount Theater in Charlottesville

Welcome to the home of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet in Charlottesville: The Paramount Theater! The Paramount Theateroriginally a movie palace that opened in 1931, once hosted films, war bond drives, fashion shows, cartoons for kids, and musical artists, before closing its doors in 1974. Thanks to the diligence of those in the greater Charlottesville region, the theater was saved from threats of demolition, instead undergoing renovations before reopening in 2004. It now presents a variety of arts, education, and entertainment events, such as London’s National Theatre, The Lyric Opera Virginia, comedians, musicians, and more.

Partner Studio

Charlottesville Partner Ballet Studio: BalletSchool

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full international professional cast are local Charlottesville children from BalletSchool. BalletSchool was founded in 1997 and provides ballet classes with professional instruction. The emphasis is on proper technique and performance style in accordance with each student’s stage of development. The method caters to any student – whether considering dance as a career or just for enjoyment. Subjects included in each class level are ballet, character and free-movement. The studio also offers HipHop, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Tap classes for all ages. In order to promote a healthy mind and body, the studio provides a positive environment for all dancers to enjoy and reach his or her highest potential.  

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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