If December has you dreaming about snow queens and sugar plum fairies, look no further. There are plenty of top-notch productions of The Nutcracker to catch on the Eastside and beyond — we’ve rounded up a few below:
Emerald Ballet Theatre
The Emerald Ballet Theatre’s yearly Nutcracker performance features both student dancers and professional guests, and is the only production accompanied by a live orchestra on the Eastside.
Dec. 4, 8, 14, and 15
Northshore Performing Arts Center, Bothell
Evergreen City Ballet
Now in its 26th year of production, the Evergreen City Ballet will hit three stages this season. Catch their performance of Wade Wathall’s The Nutcracker in Bellevue, Auburn, or Renton during the first three weekends of December.
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue
Auburn Performing Arts Center
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center
International Ballet Theatre
With original choreography by Vera Altunina, the International Ballet Theatre is set to enchant Bellevue audiences with its rendition of the holiday classic, featuring traditional Russian choreography and dazzling sets.
Dec. 13-15, 19-23
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue
Issaquah Dance Theatre
The Issaquah Dance Theatre’s annual showing of the The Nutcracker begins this weekend in Bellevue. Besides traditional performances, the theater also holds two one-hour length performances for those who prefer a shorter show.
Sammamish High School Performing Arts Center, Bellevue
Pacific Northwest Ballet
The Pacific Northwest’s premier ballet company returns to McCaw Hall through the month of December to present George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Audiences will be equally delighted by superb performances and fantastical set and costume design by Ian Falconer.
Nov. 29-Dec. 28
McCaw Hall, Seattle
Academy of Russian Classical Ballet
This year, Redmond’s Academy of Russican Classical Ballet will stage its 10th anniversary performance of The Nutcracker. Four performances will feature the original choreography by Yanina Mikhaylyuk, based on the traditional Nutcracker of Saint Petersberg’s Mariinsky Theatre.
Redmond Performing Arts Center
Olympic Ballet Theatre
With choreography by artistic directors Mara Vinson and Oleg Gorboulev, The Nutcracker is the Olympic Ballet Theatre’s most popular performance, and can be viewed in Everett and Edmonds this year. Three abridged matinees — which include a special behind-the-scenes look at scenery, lighting, costumes, and more — are also available for purchase.
Everett Performing Arts Center
Edmonds Center for the Arts
Land of The Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker
For a bawdy twist on the Christmas classic, attend Verlaine & McCann’s glamorous rendition. Land of The Sweets features on onstage jazz orchestra, burlesque dancers, fanciful costumes, and so much more. This performance is one you won’t soon forget.
The Triple Door, Seattle
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