Milwaukee Ballet
Press Release

The Nutcracker Brings Beauty and Joy to Milwaukee

The world’s most famous ballet scenes take center stage in this holiday classic

By - Nov 20th, 2015 04:20 pm

Milwaukee’s magical holiday tradition returns to fill hearts with festive spirit and memories that last a lifetime.Milwaukee Ballet will once again ring in the holiday season with The Nutcracker, showing Dec. 12-27 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Voted Milwaukee’s favorite holiday tradition by M Magazine readers, Michael Pink’s magical interpretation is widely praised for its lavish set, gorgeous costumes, and breathtaking choreography that would rival anything on Broadway.

Featuring more than 200 dancers from Milwaukee Ballet’s Company and School & Academy, 145 costumes, special effects, and an impressive number of stagehands and volunteers behind the scenes, The Nutcracker is the city’s biggest holiday spectacle. The beauty on stage is enhanced by Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, who will play Tchaikovsky’s iconic score in its entirety with a special appearance by the young artists of Milwaukee Children’s Choir.

“Audiences are always blown away by the sheer spectacle of The Nutcracker. Yet at its heart, it’s a heartwarming story about all the magic and mayhem that can happen when families get together for the holidays,” says Artistic Director Michael Pink. “I think that’s why so many people return year after year. They want to come together and fondly remember the last time they saw it, or come back to make new memories. For many, it’s simply not the holidays unless they see The Nutcracker.”

Pink purposefully choreographed the classic with plenty of action that would keep the audience enchanted whether they were seeing The Nutcracker for the first time, or the 101st. He also encourages each dancer to give their own unique spin on their role. With four different casts that change every performance, the audience sees a new show every time they attend.

The Nutcracker is generously sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.

Ticket Information
The Nutcracker runs Dec. 12-27, 2015 at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee. Tickets range from $35-$102. To order tickets, and for detailed show dates and times, call (414) 902-2103 or visit

The Nutcracker runs two hours long, including one intermission, and is best enjoyed by children beginning at age 4.

Snow Day Special Offer
Milwaukee Ballet is offering a special offer to celebrate the first snowfall of the season! Buy online on Saturday, November 20 or Sunday, November 21 and save 15% off your ticket order. This will be your only chance to see all the magic at a fraction of the price. Tickets and performance details available at

Family Friendly Pre-Show Activities
Milwaukee Ballet is happy to host complimentary activities for families to enjoy before select performances:

Saturday, Dec. 12 at 1:30pm – Art project from Kohl’s Color Wheels
Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4:30pm – Holiday music by students of Barcel Suzuki String Academy
Saturday, Dec. 26 at 12 and 4:30pm – Mini ballet classes taught by costumed characters
Sunday, Dec. 27 at 12 and 4:30pm – Mini ballet classes taught by costumed characters

Guests should arrive an hour before the performance time to enjoy the activities.

Pictures with characters from the show are available in the atrium after each performance. A portion of proceeds supports Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy financial aid and tuition forgiveness.

About Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet celebrates its 46th season as a staple of Milwaukee’s arts and culture community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Pink, Milwaukee Ballet has become world-renowned for presenting both bold new interpretations of story ballets, and cutting-edge, evocative contemporary works. Milwaukee Ballet is the home to an international company of dancers, and is one of only a few companies in the nation to feature its own orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Milwaukee Ballet’s award-winning Community Outreach department serves more than 30,000 people in Southeastern Wisconsin through original, interactive programs. Learn more at

About BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank’s commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S.  For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet.  Deposit and loan products and services provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris BankSM is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and approximately $555 billion in assets.

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