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El Paso, TX Cast

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 Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center In El Paso

Welcome to the home of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet in El Paso: The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center! The Plaza opened in 1930 as both a modern film house and a stage production venue. Commonly referred to as “The Showplace of the Southwest,” the Plaza was once the largest theater between Dallas and Los Angeles. It boasts elaborate architecture and decor, and has hosted concerts, stage shows, and movies. 

Partner Studio

El Paso Partner Ballet Studios: British Ballet Academy and For the Love of Dance

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full international professional cast are local El Paso children.

British Ballet Academy has proudly been instructing El Paso dance students for over 40 years. They currently mentor over 350 families from El Paso, Fort Bliss and the surrounding area. The studio offers classes in jazz, tap, and ballet for all skill levels and ages. Director and Choreographer for Ballet, Kirsty O-Connell, has been a faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 30 years. She is an associate member of the National Dance Association and International Tap Association, as well as a former winner of the Senior Texas Division Winner Jazz Competition.

For the Love of Dance is passionate about the art of dance. Although specialized in classical ballet, they also offer classes to other forms of expressions. The school strives to provide a place of growth and learning and instill students with self-discipline, commitment, and confidence. Curriculum combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development and consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to the dance students of all ages and skill levels. 

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 Ticketmaster 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?

With this new system on Ticketmaster, you’ll get your tickets right away!

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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