On Stage: The Nutcracker

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On Stage: The Nutcracker

An annual holiday tradition The Nutcracker captures the imagination and transports you to a world of magic.
Video by Ernesto Galan

An annual holiday tradition The Nutcracker captures the imagination and transports you to a world of magic.
Video by Ernesto Galan

Inside Look: Mother Ginger's Polichinelles

Go behind the scenes of The Nutcracker's larger-than-life spectacle with the students of Boston Ballet School. 

Inside Look: Mother Ginger's Polichinelles

Mother Ginger's playful Polichinelles are performed by the students of Boston Ballet School. Discover how they keep hidden under her enormous hoop skirt before emerging to the surprise and delight of the audience. 

Video by Ernesto Galan 

Mother Ginger's playful Polichinelles are performed by the students of Boston Ballet School. Discover how they keep hidden under her enormous hoop skirt before emerging to the surprise and delight of the audience. 

Video by Ernesto Galan 

Dancer Insight: The Nutcracker Ensemble

Step behind the curtain and discover what it's like to perform the demanding corps roles in this magical production.

Dancer Insight: The Nutcracker Ensemble

From The Waltz of the Flowers to the Snow Scene, some of the most enchanting moments in The Nutcracker are brought to life by a powerful ensemble of dancers. Hear from Second Soloist Lauren Herfindahl and Artist Haley Schwan on what it's like to be a part of the magic.

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From The Waltz of the Flowers to the Snow Scene, some of the most enchanting moments in The Nutcracker are brought to life by a powerful ensemble of dancers. Hear from Second Soloist Lauren Herfindahl and Artist Haley Schwan on what it's like to be a part of the magic.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Ballet 101: Kids Meet the Dancers

Principal Dancers Lia Cirio and Paul Craig answer some seriously sweet questions from their youngest fans. 

Ballet 101: Kids Meet the Dancers

Watch what happens when these curious kids meet two of their idols, Principal Dancers Lia Cirio and Paul Craig.

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Watch what happens when these curious kids meet two of their idols, Principal Dancers Lia Cirio and Paul Craig.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Spotlight: Nutcracker Prince vs. Mouse King

Go behind the scenes as the Nutcracker Prince and Mouse King get ready for the season's biggest showdown.

Spotlight: Nutcracker Prince vs. Mouse King

In a battle between the Nutcracker Prince and Mouse King, who will prevail? Watch their long-standing rivalry play out as they train for their epic face-off and the ultimate prize—possession of the Castle of the Snow King and Queen.

In a battle between the Nutcracker Prince and Mouse King, who will prevail? Watch their long-standing rivalry play out as they train for their epic face-off and the ultimate prize—possession of the Castle of the Snow King and Queen.

Spotlight: Getting Ready for The Nutcracker

Peek inside the prep for Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker and get ready for the magic to unfold on stage.

Spotlight: Getting Ready for The Nutcracker

The Boston Opera House buzzes with behind-the-scenes preparations before the curtain opens on The Nutcracker. From the sparkling sets and costumes to the final moments backstage, get swept away in the magical making of this beloved holiday tradition.

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The Boston Opera House buzzes with behind-the-scenes preparations before the curtain opens on The Nutcracker. From the sparkling sets and costumes to the final moments backstage, get swept away in the magical making of this beloved holiday tradition.

Video by Ernesto Galan

The Nutcracker Russian Dance

Catch a glimpse of the fast-paced and thrilling Russian Dance of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker Russian Dance

Catch a glimpse of the fast-paced and thrilling Russian Dance of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker.

Video by Ernesto Galan 

Catch a glimpse of the fast-paced and thrilling Russian Dance of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker.

Video by Ernesto Galan 

Spotlight: Clara's Enchanted Journey

Follow Clara on her magical adventure to the Kingdom of the Nutcracker Prince where her wildest dreams come to life.

Spotlight: Clara's Enchanted Journey

The clock strikes midnight, a tree magically grows, and a young girl is transformed by her enchanted adventure to the Kingdom of the Nutcracker Prince. Join Clara on a remarkable journey that will leave you wondering, was it all a dream?

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The clock strikes midnight, a tree magically grows, and a young girl is transformed by her enchanted adventure to the Kingdom of the Nutcracker Prince. Join Clara on a remarkable journey that will leave you wondering, was it all a dream?

Video by Ernesto Galan

Spotlight: Ji Young Chae as Dew Drop

Get Principal Dancer Ji Young Chae’s perspective on performing the dazzling role of Dew Drop in The Nutcracker.

Spotlight: Ji Young Chae as Dew Drop

Principal Dancer Ji Young Chae shares her magical memories of performing the role of Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. Discover how she feels in the exhilarating moments before stepping on stage to lead the Waltz of the Flowers.   

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Principal Dancer Ji Young Chae shares her magical memories of performing the role of Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. Discover how she feels in the exhilarating moments before stepping on stage to lead the Waltz of the Flowers.   

Video by Ernesto Galan

Kids React: The Nutcracker

Discover this beloved holiday classic through the eyes of our youngest fans. 

Kids React: The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is filled with magical moments to delight audiences of all ages. Hear from our youngest fans on their favorites, from the enchanting dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to the lighthearted dancing bear.

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The Nutcracker is filled with magical moments to delight audiences of all ages. Hear from our youngest fans on their favorites, from the enchanting dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to the lighthearted dancing bear.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Spotlight: Snow Queen

Get a dancer's perspective on The Nutcracker from the wings.

Spotlight: Snow Queen

Boston Ballet's Principal Dancer Lia Cirio takes you behind-the-scenes for a dancer's perspective on The Nutcracker from the wings.
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Boston Ballet's Principal Dancer Lia Cirio takes you behind-the-scenes for a dancer's perspective on The Nutcracker from the wings.
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Spotlight: Sugar Plum Fairy

Principal Dancer Ashley Ellis on what the role of Sugar Plum Fairy means to her. 

Spotlight: Sugar Plum Fairy

"There's just something about this ballet that's extra special." - Ashley Ellis
Go behind the scenes with Principal Dancer Ashley Ellis as she shares the magic that goes into bringing the Sugar Plum Fairy to life. 
Video by Ernesto Galan 

"There's just something about this ballet that's extra special." - Ashley Ellis
Go behind the scenes with Principal Dancer Ashley Ellis as she shares the magic that goes into bringing the Sugar Plum Fairy to life. 
Video by Ernesto Galan 

Spotlight: Drosselmeier in The Nutcracker

Get Principal Dancer Lasha Khozashvili’s perspective on dancing the role of Drosselmeier in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker.

Spotlight: Drosselmeier in The Nutcracker

Go behind the scenes to see the magic of The Nutcracker unfold. Principal Dancer Lasha Khozashvili shares an inside look at the role of Drosselmeier, Clara’s beloved uncle who sets her enchanted journey to The Nutcracker Prince’s kingdom in motion.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Go behind the scenes to see the magic of The Nutcracker unfold. Principal Dancer Lasha Khozashvili shares an inside look at the role of Drosselmeier, Clara’s beloved uncle who sets her enchanted journey to The Nutcracker Prince’s kingdom in motion.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Frozen Snowflakes

Watch Boston Ballet's dancers in this slo-mo sneak peek of The Nutcracker's Snow Scene.

Frozen Snowflakes

Watch Boston Ballet's dancers in this sneak peek of The Nutcracker's Snow Scene with a little extra sparkle and magic thrown in.
Video by Ernesto Galan

Watch Boston Ballet's dancers in this sneak peek of The Nutcracker's Snow Scene with a little extra sparkle and magic thrown in.
Video by Ernesto Galan

Two Dancers, 14 Roles

Go behind-the-scenes and see the many characters performed during The Nutcracker

Two Dancers, 14 Roles

Principal Dancer Paul Craig and Second Soloist Diana Albrecht demonstrate a whirlwind of costume changes in The Nutcracker.
Video by Ernesto Galan 

Principal Dancer Paul Craig and Second Soloist Diana Albrecht demonstrate a whirlwind of costume changes in The Nutcracker.
Video by Ernesto Galan 

Boston Ballet School: In Rehearsal with Miranda Weese

Children’s Ballet Master Miranda Weese prepares her students for The Nutcracker

Boston Ballet School: In Rehearsal with Miranda Weese

As a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Miranda Weese often performed in The Nutcracker. Now as Children’s Ballet Master at Boston Ballet, she works with talented young students to prepare them for their moment to shine.
Video by Ernesto Galan 

As a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Miranda Weese often performed in The Nutcracker. Now as Children’s Ballet Master at Boston Ballet, she works with talented young students to prepare them for their moment to shine.
Video by Ernesto Galan 

The illusion we create is intended to deepen your understanding of reality.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director
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