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  • Writer's pictureMorgan Redfearn

The Nutcracker: A Whimsically Wonder-filled Evening

The Nutcracker, presented by the Colorado Ballet, tells the story of whimsical wonder, trusting friendship, and classic Christmas cheer. From an elegant dancing sugar plum fairy to a scoundrel mouse king battle, you are greeted with uplifting songs and effortless laughs.

Eight ballerinas wearing light blue dresses stand tall in a row
Artists of Colorado Ballet during the Snow scene

Artists of Colorado Ballet pictured, Photo by Amanda Tipton.

Here are our top three highlights:

The Mice

It’s not a surprise the mice are high on our list. With their childish games and fun demeanor, you are captivated by their playful antics to rile the audience. Mixing classic ballet movements with trendy dances kept the audience of all ages on their toes and curious of what was to come.


Polishing off the first Act is a seven-minute long scene of glistening winter snow, intricate icy blue costumes, and breathtaking choreography. I found myself charmed by each pirouette and leap in the smooth transition from Clara’s holiday party to a winter wonderland.

Seamless Set Transitions

Though a small feature, the attention to detail surrounding transitions from scene to scene in a cohesive and thoughtful method proved to create a well rounded and easy to follow experience.


Visiting the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to view The Nutcracker is a must this holiday season! You will not be disappointed when you are greeted with joyful songs and devoted talent, adored by young children and adults alike. The Nutcracker presented by the Colorado Ballet is a high point of our year that we would see again, night after night.

Honorable mentions

Conducted Adam Flatt

Clara Sonata Ross

Nutcracker Prince Christopher Mitchell

Sugar Plum Fairy Jessica Payne

Cavalier Patrick Mihm

Drosselmeyer Gregory Gonzales

Scenic Design Thomas Boyd

Choreography Martin Fredmann

Costume Design Holly Hynes

Lighting Design  Todd Elmer

The Nutcracker will be presented at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House located within the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex through December 24th.

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