Butler Ballet to Present 29th Annual Production of The Nutcracker

The Butler Ballet will hold its 29th annual production of The Nutcracker on Thursday, December 5 at Clowes Hall.

This fun holiday tradition will feature over a hundred dancers dressed in colorful costumes, amazing scenery, and the music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Butler Symphony Orchestra. All dances are choreographed by Butler University Department of Dance faculty members.


The Nutcracker retells the story of a young German girl named Clara, who falls asleep under the Christmas tree with her broken nutcracker toy. She awakes to a frightening scene, as the room appears to be getting larger and larger. Suddenly, an army of larger-than-life mice dressed in army uniforms appears. Her nutcracker toy comes to life and leads the toy soldiers into battle against the mouse army. But when the mouse army traps the nutcracker in the corner, Clara comes to the rescue by throwing her slipper at the Mouse King. She scores a direct hit, and the mouse army quickly retreats with its King.

The original ballet, which premiered in Russia in December 1892, was not a success. But that changed in the 1960s, when the Nutcracker became one of the most popular ballets every. In fact, it has been estimated that many ballet companies in the U.S. generate as much as 40 percent of their annual ticket sales from Nutcracker performances. And the Tchaikovsky score that accompanies it is one of his most famous compositions ever.

Event Info

  • December 05, 2013 to Sunday, December 08, 2013
  • Clowes Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208