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Decatur, IL 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!

 Live Orchestras

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The Theater

Kirkland Fine Arts Center at Millikin University in Decatur

Welcome to the home of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet in Decatur: Kirkland Fine Arts Center, which seats 1,903 people and serves as a cultural storefront for Millikin’s College of Fine Arts. The auditorium is built with no obstructions within the house so that every seat in the auditorium has excellent visibility of the stage. From the audience, you can view the pipes of the Austin Organ located in the house right loge and three other pianos are available with-in Kirkland Fine Arts Center including two Steinway Grands and a Baldwin Grand. The Center is committed to supporting artistic endeavors, opening minds, inspiring hearts, and providing rich community experiences. The performances presented by the Kirkland Fine Arts Center explore conception, performance, social consciousness, and thought-provoking art-forms.

For driving directions and parking information, please visit https://millikin.edu/kirkland/about-center/visitor-information.

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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