Nutcracker Ballet - Boston (MA)

Orpheum Theatre
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Returning to Boston at Orpheum Theatre on December 3 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will return to Boston on Sunday, December 3, 3:00 pm matinee and 7:00 pm at Orpheum Theatre.

All ages are invited to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost 40 ballerinas and danseurs on their 25th Anniversary Tour of North America in 2017. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by “La La Land’ Set Concept designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50 ft tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20ft wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score. 

Tickets start at $28.00. Platinum Experience tickets feature artist Meet N Greet and branded gift items; Gold Circle Gift Packages include branded gift items. Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Discounts for Seniors 65+, Active and Inactive Armed Services, and Motorclub members are available from .  Single tickets in Boston are available Friday, June 2 at or call Ticketmaster 800-745-3000. 

25 Years and 2 Generations Strong: Local Ballet Students Perform Side-by-Side with Moscow Ballet Pros in Boston Sunday, December 3

25 years and 2 generations later, over 75,000 local ballet students, ages 6 to 18 with at least 1 year of ballet training, perform side-by-side with Moscow Ballet pros. In Boston, the Dance with Us”  cast will perform their roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Sunday, December 3 at Orpheum Theatre this holiday season.

“It was such an amazing opportunity for our young dancers to grow and see how a professional company works...the costumes were breathtaking, says Julia Zhmutski of Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio Julia’s Dance Academy in Oklahoma City. The ballet students, who study at ballet schools in the area, auditioned for Moscow Ballet Audition Director  Anna Radik  in the fall and rehearsed their roles at the Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio  Koltun Ballet Academy . The children’s roles are as Party Children, Small Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Sprites, Snow Maidens, and Act II’s Variations of the world’s five great heritages. The experience of auditioning for a professional, rehearsing with the company, being fitted in Moscow Ballet costumes, and performing for a live audience of a thousand or more is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these children! See the Dance with Us  student dancers perform in the Great Russian .

Koltun Ballet Academy (KBA) is the premier ballet school in t6he Greater Boston area for young, dedicated students. The vision of the academy is that it is devoted to dance, a unique art form, which promotes creative expression and embodies dramatic sensibilities. Dance has no boundaries with regard to culture, race, sex, or social status and, therefore, is accessible to all. The Academy is proudly includes the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 8 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development, in their curriculum. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. It combines scientific principles with elements from the classic French, Italian and Russian schools. Its principals promote a pure and strong ballet technique with an individual artistic expression. KBA offers children’s program for ages 3-8 and pre-professional ballet training ages 9-19. The academy aims to provide students with a rich knowledge of classical technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance. With the hands-on approach and individual attention teachers are dedicated to the students and help them discover the wonderful world of dance. The high caliber professional training will give aspiring dancers the skills to succeed in a very competitive field!

About The Orpheum

The Orpheum was built on the site of the Boston Music Hall in 1852. In 1900 the building was gutted and rebuilt within the old walls for conversion into a vaudeville theatre and reopened on February 12, 1905 as the Empire Theatre. When Percy Williams took over the theatre on September 3, 1906 it was renamed the Orpheum but sold shortly thereafter to Marcus Loew in 1910. In January 1916 the theatre reopened hosting a combination of vaudeville and film. Vaudeville was replaced in the 1930’s with firstrun double features. In 1965 film distributors dropped the exclusive first run policy for downtown theatres. Loew’s abandoned the Orpheum Theatre in 1972. It was renamed the Aquarius and was once again a home for live performances. In May of 1974, Sarah Caldwell moved the Opera Company in and renamed it the Orpheum. It now plays host to a succession of live performances.