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The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is based on the E.T.A. Hoffman tale, "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice". Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same. Clara dreams of her beloved Nutcracker winning the battle against the Mouse King, journeys through the land of the Snow Queen and her King and arrives in the Land of the Sweets and the Sugar Plum Fairy. The ballet, set to the timeless Tchaikovsky score, was first performed in 1892 by the Mariinsky Theatre, home to the Kirov Ballet. The ballet was choreographed by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. The first full-length American version of the ballet was performed by the San Francisco Ballet. 

In 2010, the Shenandoah Academy of Dance directed by Missy Belcher Floyd, produced the beloved classic in its entirety for Rockbridge County's audiences. In 2013, Floyd's newly formed classical ballet company, the Shenandoah Ballet, continued the tradition making the ballet a permanent Rockbridge County holiday tradition. Now in 2023, Floyd's Nutcracker turns 13 seasons young! 

Experience the magic that is The Nutcracker with the Shenandoah Ballet this December 2023 at the Historic Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge, Va!

For more information as a performer or as a viewer, please fill out the form on this page! 

Photographs property of Chris Floyd and Shenandoah Ballet