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The Nutcracker Ballet

Starting at $20.00


December 8
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Starting at $20.00
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Morris Performing Arts Center
211 N Michigan St
South Bend, IN 46601 United States
(800) 537-6415
Box office hours:
Tue - Fri 12PM - 5PM

Act I

The Studebaker house is aflutter with preparations for their annual holiday party. While Marie and her brother Fritz anxiously await the arrival of the guests, Uncle Drosselmeyer is putting the finishing touches on his dolls. The party finally begins with plenty of food, presents, dancing, and fun! The beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer arrives late and entertains the guests with a puppet show. He then presents Marie with a magnificent Nutcracker. The gift sparks sibling rivalry, and the Nutcracker is broken. Drosselmeyer wraps the toy with a silk and promises a complete repair later. Marie and Fritz rejoin their friends for the remainder of the party, ending the evening in a festive gavotte with parents and children alike. As the party nears to an end, everyone prepares for their journey back home.

The Studebakers are ready for bed, but Marie asks her mom to allow her to sleep on the couch for the night, so she may be closer to her Nutcracker doll. Once she falls asleep, mice begin crawling with the stroke of midnight. The Mouse King appears, and he is ready to conquer the house with the mice army. Marie screams and her doll comes to life, protecting her from the intruders. A battle between the mice and soldier dolls ensues.

Both the Mouse King and the Nutcracker doll are hurt in battle. Drosselmeyer appears, transforming the Nutcracker doll into a protecting prince. Then, he takes Marie through the beautiful and magical Land of Snow.

Act II

Marie and her Nutcracker prince arrive in the Magical Kingdom where angels and guests from around the world greet them. The Nutcracker Prince tells everyone in the kingdom about their travels and mostly about the great fight against the Mouse King. He then takes Marie to the throne so she can enjoy the festivities prepared specially for her.

After dancing together with the flowers and her Nutcracker Prince, everything seems to slowly disappear in front of her eyes. She swirls around in confusion, dazed, and realizes that she is in her own living room. She finds her Nutcracker next to the tree, and lovingly holds it, wondering if her adventure was real or only just a dream…



$20.00 – 3rd Balcony (Row R, S, T)

$25.00 – 2nd Balcony

$35.00 – 1st Balcony, Main

$50.00 – Mezzanine

$55.00 – Royal Boxes, Upper Boxes, Lower Boxes, Orchestra

Ask about our group discount! Call 574-235-9190 for details.

Additional Info

*Any ticket purchase made on the internet or by phone will be refunded, if a show is cancelled, less the non-refundable convenience fees.


Convenient event parking is available at the public garage on the corner of Main and Colfax and at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel/1st Source Bank Complex. Parking is also available on the streets within walking distance of the Morris and also at the Leighton Center on Washington Street between Main and Michigan Streets. PLEASE NOTE: The surface parking lots immediately to the north of the Morris Performing Arts Center are private lots. No public parking is permitted in the Hoffman or LaSalle Building lots. Vehicles risk being towed.