One of the most beloved stories ever told would have to be The Nutcracker, which is typically your child's first introduction to classical ballet. This fairy-tale about the beauty and magic of Christmas and the ways that love and joy can transform dreams into reality is always satisfying. This Tchaikovsky work of art is a lovely way to familiarize children to the delights of great theater and there’s no need to travel far to experience this wonderful and much-loved Christmas story. Here is a list of upcoming The Nutcracker performances on Long Island in 2015.
And be sure to take a look at our Long Island Holiday Fun Guide, including non-Nutcracker holiday shows.
The Nutcracker Act II - Ronkonkoma
November 30, December 3, 21, 2016
Ballet Long Island
Ballet Long Island’s trained performers and fascinating students in The Nutcracker are guaranteed to leave you with a sense of warmth and precious memories that will last a lifetime.
A very Mini Nutcracker - Merrick
December 3-4, 2016
Integral Ballet, Presented at the Brookside Theater, 1260 Meadowbrook Road
A shorter version of the Nutcracker, performed by students of Integral Ballet.
Guild Hall comes alive with the Hampton Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker.
Hampton Ballet Theatre - East Hampton
December 9, 10, 11, 2016
Hampton Ballet Theatre School Presents their fifth annual production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker at Guild Hall. The performance will showcase the students of the Hampton Ballet Theatre School along with some parents and local actors. Perfect for all ages, the students of HBTS will show a land where angels, snowflakes and flowers dance and Clara saves the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Mouse King.
The Nutcracker Suite - Patchogue
December 10-11, 2016
Performed by Ovations Repertory Dance Company
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
This year, the extremely talented dancers of Ovations Dance Repertory Company (ODRC) will once again join The Atlantic Wind Symphony in a Nutcracker production you'll never forget. The vision of the glittering dancers and the sounds of the famous Tchaikovsky score will delight your senses this holiday season.
New York Dance Theater - Hempstead
December 17, 18, 2016
Presented at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse (campus of Hofstra University)
For 30 years, Frank Ohman’s New York Dance Theatre, together with the Ohman School of Ballet, has presented The Nutcracker story ballet every December. This is a full production ballet with guest artists from New York City Ballet and a cast of 80 children, semi-professional and professional dancers. It's the largest production of The Nutcracker on Long Island and the only one performed in the tradition of George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet production.
Long Island University Tilles Center for the Performing Arts - Greenvale
December 17, 18, 2016
The Eglevsky Ballet performs its production of Laszlo Berdo's The Nutcracker. This holiday favorite unites new choreography with Tchaikovsky's score.
The Seiskaya Ballet's Sugar Plum Fairy shines during this luxurious rendition of the classic.
Seiskaya Ballet's Nutcracker - Stony Brook
December 16, 17, 18, 19, 2016
Staller Center at Stony Brook University
Hailed in its 1995 debut as Long Island's most lavish Nutcracker, the Seiskaya Ballet production of the classic holiday ballet returns to Stony Brook's Staller Center in a truly international collaboration, choreographed by world renowned Russian-born choreographer Valia Seiskaya.
Top photo: Hampton Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker. All photos courtesy of the theaters/ballets.
Updated for 2016.