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The Nutcracker

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) and the Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre and Dance will present the Dance Repertory Company in “The Nutcracker” Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 30- Dec. 4, 2016 at the Saint Mary’s Page Theatre.

Heralding the message of peace on earth, “The Nutcracker” is performed around the globe during the holiday season. Producing this delightful ballet every other holiday season, the Dance Repertory Company once again brings this magical experience to the Winona area community for it’s ninth biennial production.

The cast includes over 90 dancers including students from Saint Mary’s, Winona State University, and children and community members from the Winona and surrounding areas.

Through this ballet the beauty of the pure, young heart shines bright in a world of dancing dolls, angels, and of course, the wonderful magical Nutcracker Prince. In the dreams of a child named Clara, a battle wages between a band of mice and company of toy soldiers. With Clara’s assistance, the toy soldiers are victorious and grateful. A Nutcracker Prince welcomes her to the Land of Snow, where they dance with the angels, and to the Kingdom of the Sweets hosted by the Sugar Plum Fairy where she sees a beautiful array of ethnic dances such as Spanish Coffee, Chinese Tea, and Russian Baba.

“The Nutcracker” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 3, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.

A special abridged version, ideal for young audience members who may not be able to sit through the full-length ballet, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The cost for this afternoon matinee is $5 for everyone. Also Families and teachers may enjoy preparing children with this Nutcracker Education Guide.

For tickets, call the Saint Mary’s University Box Office at 507-457-1715 Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the Page Theatre website.

Want to kick off the Nutcracker season early? Join us during our Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party on Nov. 13th. Tea Party attendees have the opportunity take photos with and interact with characters from The Nutcracker, shop for unique gifts in the Land of Sweets Boutique, enjoy a performance, eat scrumptious treats, and sip tea. Follow event updates and share your Nutcracker experiences with the hashtag #MCANutcracker2016.

2018 Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party

2018 Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is pleased to announce the tenth biennial Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party, Sunday, Nov. 18. Don't miss your opportunity to sip on tea, nibble on tasty treats, meet and take photos with your favorite characters from The Nutcracker and be entertained by live music and dancers. Tickets are on-sale now!
2018 Cast List

2018 Cast List

We are so excited to announce out 2018 Nutcracker Cast. We look forward to seeing everyone (cast member & parents of those 18 and under) on Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 5:30pm in the Academy Theatre at the mandatory meeting. Rehearsal schedules, contact sheets and more will be discussed and handed out, additionally costume measurements will be taken.
Nutcracker Cast Portal

Nutcracker Cast Portal

This page is for 2018 Nutcracker Cast members and their families. All Friday Fill-ins and other important production documents will be posted here. All cast members will be emailed the passcode, additionally it can be found int he Nutcracker Handbook.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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