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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.

Fall Dance Schedule

Fall Dance Schedule

The Fall 2021 MCA Dance Class schedule is finally here!!! As this is our first year to hold placement auditions, we have decided to wait to open registration for ALL dance classes until around Aug. 23 after placements have been communicated. Class descriptions and dates are being updated on the website.

Save the Date

Save the Date

It is hard to believe that it is almost mid July. It sure has been busy at MCA and it so nice to start to see so many faces emerging from masks as more of our community is able to be vaccinated for COVID. We are still working on developing the fall schedule and hope to have the details out soon. However, we do have some important dates of upcoming events that we wanted to pass along. Please check back soon for more information.

Stay Strong Virtual Dance Session

Stay Strong Virtual Dance Session

As the weather turns colder and we are looking for different ways to stay active this winter, we are here to offer COVID safe ways to help keep dancers conditioned and learning. Below is a list of our virtual Stay Strong dance session classes which include weekly live small group classes via Zoom in a variety of dance styles as well as access to a few previously recorded classes to engage in during weeks off. Looking for something more self-paced but still presented by your beloved MCA team? Check out our Tap Jam and Nutcracker Adventure Kit.


Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507


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Monday - Thursday- 9:00am-3:00pm and 3:45-8:00pm

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday- Closed


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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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