Pennsylvania Ballet prepares for another holiday season.


The magic of the holiday season comes to life on stage as Pennsylvania Ballet and PNC Arts Alive present George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. The most beloved holiday tradition for families throughout the Philadelphia region returns to the Academy of Music at Broad and Locust streets, December 12 through December 31, 2009.

Pennsylvania Ballet, one of the premier ballet companies in the nation, is proud to perform this timeless production, now in its 41st year. Steeped in tradition yet revitalized by stunning new sets and costumes in 2007, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is sure to charm young and older audiences alike. No other production matches its majesty.

“Being part of the holiday tradition for families is very gratifying,” Artistic Director Roy Kaiser says. “Every time that curtain goes up, each live performance is totally different.”

The enchanting story begins with a grand party scene where little Marie receives her precious nutcracker. Follow her adventure as she dreams of the Nutcracker Prince battling the Mouse King, then travels through a glistening snow scene into the wondrous Land of the Sweets. The angelic sounds of the Philadelphia Boys Choir complement the beautiful Tschaikovsky score. Balanchine’s timeless choreography is interpreted with warmth and artistry by Pennsylvania Ballet’s dancers, to the delight of nearly 50,000 people each year.

This season, Pennsylvania Ballet is honored to bring their renowned holiday production to one of the most prestigious performing arts venues in the country. The Company has been asked to perform George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Pennsylvania Ballet will travel to our nation’s capital for seven performances from November 24 through November 29, 2009, returning home to Philadelphia just in time for the holidays. Tickets for the Washington, DC performances are available at

Performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music:

  • Saturday, December 12 at 11 a.m.*, 3 p.m., and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 13 at noon and 4 p.m.
  • Friday, December 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 19 at 11 a.m.*, 3 p.m., and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 20 at noon* and 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 23 at 7 p.m.*
  • Thursday, December 24 at noon
  • Saturday, December 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 27 at noon and 4 p.m.
  • Monday, December 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 29 at noon and 4 p.m.*
  • Wednesday, December 30 at noon and 4 p.m.*
  • Thursday, December 31 at noon

*Sugarplum VIP Package available at these performances (see below)

Tickets for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker are on sale now at or by calling 215.893.1999. Ticket prices range from $24-$129. Groups of 10 or more can purchase discounted tickets by calling 215.587.6921.

Make your memories extra special with the Sugarplum VIP Package!

$150 package includes:

  • Preferred box seating for select performances*
  • A complimentary program book
  • Your own complimentary keepsake photo with a character from the production
  • 10% off Pennsylvania Ballet merchandise at our lobby gift shop



Nutcracker Magic” Children’s Party

Friday, December 11 at 5 p.m., Academy of Music

Bring family and friends to our glorious holiday party, which has become a family tradition over the past 22 years. Your children will be charmed by entertainers, costumed characters, crafts, games, and even the Mouse King himself inside the magnificent Academy of Music. Following the food and festivities, our guests are treated to a private performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available to allow groups of underserved children to attend a performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. This annual family party is co-chaired this year by Alicia Bonner, Debbie Lee, Jackie Simms, and Suzanne Zelov. Tickets range from $150-$250, sponsorship packages from $500-$10,000. Tickets to the private performance only at 7 p.m. are available for $85. For more information and tickets, call Barbara Vogdes, Special Events Manager, at 215.587.6916.

Tea with the Sugarplum Fairy

Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, December 13 at 2 p.m. (Choose the Noon or 4 p.m. Performance)

Sunday, December 20 at 2 p.m. (Choose the Noon or 4 p.m. Performance)

Enjoy a performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and join the Sugarplum Fairy for a special tea at the Doubletree Hotel, just across the street from the Academy of Music! Package price for Parquet seating is $110, Balcony seating is $101, and Family Circle seating is $85. Package includes sandwiches, a delectable array of desserts, tea, hot cocoa, and more. To order, call 215.587.6921.

Nutcracker Brunch at the Omni Hotel at Independence ParkSaturday, December 19 brunch at noon, performance at 3 p.m.
Celebrate the holidays with “Philadelphia’s Best Brunch” at the beautiful Omni Hotel. Special visits by the Sugarplum Fairy, Mouse King, and Santa Claus will delight the family while you savor a lavish buffet of specialty dishes and gourmet treats. Then enjoy a matinee performance of Philadelphia’s most beloved holiday tradition! Package price is $115 for adults and $98 for children ages 3-12. Valet parking at the Omni Hotel is included. Order tickets at or by calling 215.587.6921.

Children’s Enchantment Fund
Give the gift of ballet this holiday season! Pennsylvania Ballet Children’s Enchantment Fund enables underserved families to see George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker free. One child enjoys a performance for every $30 tax-deductible donation. To make a donation, please call Christina Freeman at 215.587.6913.

Matinee Series Subscriptions and Custom Packages of two or more ballets for the 2009-2010 Season are on sale now at or by calling 215.893.1955. Receive up to 25% off single ticket prices and enjoy subscriber benefits such as priority seating, flexible ticket exchanges, discounts to Philadelphia restaurants, shops, hotels, museums, and more.

Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the premier ballet companies in the United States and has been at the forefront of American dance since 1963. A leading Philadelphia cultural institution, the Company has earned a national reputation for its impassioned artistry and technical virtuosity, and has received widespread critical acclaim for extraordinary performances of a diverse classical and contemporary repertoire. Under Artistic Director Roy Kaiser, the Company has expanded its Balanchine-based repertoire to include bold, innovative new works that embody creative excellence and engage audiences in an ongoing commitment to the vitality of this unique art form. For more information, visit or call 215.551.7000.