Since 2001, Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet presents an annual production of The Nutcracker based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffman and music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky during the holiday season at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Manchester. To add to the intensity of the performance, the Youth Ballet is accompanied by a live orchestra, just as Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece was intended.
Each year, Youth Ballet performers are joined by many notable guest artists that have included Carlos Molina, former principal dancer with the Boston Ballet, Jeremy Collins, former Principal Dancer of the American Ballet Theatre and many Southern NH Dance Theater alumni, Lauren Stewart formerly of The Joffrey Ballet & Suzanne Farrell Ballet; Janice Niggeling from the Metropolitan Opera Ballet & the Broadway productions of Phantom of the Opera & West Side Story and Amy Von Handorf formerly of The Nevada Ballet Theatre. The Youth Ballet is also joined each year by many celebrity guests that perform the role of Mother Ginger. Past celebrities have included WZID’s Mike Morin, John Clayton, Kria Sakakeeny or WMUR, Nazzy from JYY and the Morning Waking Crew and others.
2020 Nutcracker information coming soon — please check back!