Nutcracker Fantasy

This show is open to high school and middle school students.


Students and families can choose from the following times:

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 3:00pm
  • Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7:30pm
  • Monday, December 23, 2019 at 1:00pm


State Theater
45 S 8th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

About the Show

Minnesota Dance Theatre’s beloved holiday tradition returns to the State Theatre with Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, Loyce Houlton’s imaginative choreography, and the thrilling dancers of the MDT company and school. Featuring the 44-piece Nutcracker Orchestra conducted by Philip Brunelle, this spectacular dream fantasy creates magical memories for generations to share.

This show is appropriate for all ages.


If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

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or call Project Success at (612) 874-7710

This show is open to high school and middle school students.

Invited students can pick up tickets at the Project Success table in the lobby of the theater on the dates of the performances. Please arrive 20 minutes before the show to pick up your tickets. Each student/family may receive up to 4 FREE tickets.

Thank you to Project Success theater partner, MN Dance Theatre, for providing tickets to students at no cost.


  • Due to various circumstances, the initial performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet was poorly received. Tchaikovsky then took several pieces of the original score and re-released them as “The Nutcracker Suite,” which became popular with orchestras. This suite then became the enduring version that has been adapted by many choreographers to this day. How did Tchaikovsky’s persistence and adaptability contribute to his success?
  • A key element of the ballet’s signature sound was a new instrument that Tchaikovsky came across in Paris: the celesta. This instrument was patented a few years after the ballet’s initial premiere. Tchaikovsky heard it, and believed it was the musical voice of the Sugar Plum Fairy, so he asked his publisher to acquire the instrument for his ballet from that moment on. What other examples are there of technological advances contributing to creative arts?

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A closer look at the celesta, used notably in “The Nutcracker”

A history of the story’s original creation and adaptations