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Virtual Packages & Exclusive In-Person Experiences Available

Ballet dancers onstage, half are holding up the other half while they leap

Richmond Ballet dancers in The Nutcracker by Stoner Winslett. Richmond Ballet. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Sarah Ferguson.

Words and Image courtesy of Richmond Ballet.

Richmond, VA – For the first time in history, Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, is offering

communities across Virginia the ability to watch The Nutcracker from the comfort of their homes. A

previously recorded performance from December 2019, with the Richmond Symphony playing

Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, will be available to stream December 11th- December 26th. A variety

of virtual packages and exclusive in-person experiences are also available, offering additional ways to

bring the magic of The Nutcracker home.

Choreographed by Artistic Director Stoner Winslett, the Richmond Ballet holiday classic has been

heralded as “one of the country’s most perfect [Nutcracker productions]” by The New York Times. “This

will be the first time since the premiere of my original production of The Nutcracker in 1980 that

Richmond Ballet will not perform our beloved classic,” said Winslett. “Seeing the joy that The

Nutcracker brings to our audiences makes up so many of my precious memories, and I am

extraordinarily grateful to all of the families who have made our production a part of their holiday

tradition each year. Until we can once again gather in person around the Silberhaus’ enchanted

Christmas tree, our entire Richmond Ballet team has curated some incredible experiences designed to

enhance your virtual Nutcracker experience.”

Ira White and Melissa Frain dance, they are surrounded by snowflakes.

Melissa Frain & Ira White in The Nutcracker by Stoner Winslett. Richmond Ballet. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Sarah Ferguson.

Tickets to The Nutcracker: Bring the Magic Home start at $25. To learn more,

Bring the magic of The Nutcracker home!

The Nutcracker - $25

See why The New York Times called our production one of the country’s “most perfect.” From Friday,

December 11th through Saturday, December 26th, watch a recording of a previous performance of The

Nutcracker as many times as you’d like! Get all dolled up in your holiday finest or put on your coziest

pajamas and join Clara on her journey from beneath the branches of an enchanted Christmas tree

through a winter white forest to the Kingdom of Sweets.

The Nutcracker with Bonus Features - $40

In addition to receiving The Nutcracker performance, get access to our ‘Behind the Curtain’ bonus videos

featuring dancer commentaries, tales and traditions from backstage, and more.

Family Package* - $125

*includes The Nutcracker with Bonus Features

For the young and young at heart, receive a Nutcracker gift box including decorate-your-own cookies

from Melissa’s Simply Sweet, a Nutcracker craft activity, a special gift from our Nutcracker Boutique and

other surprises. All gift boxes must be picked up curbside from the Richmond Ballet building in

downtown Richmond on either Saturday, December 12th from 11am – 3pm or Thursday, December

17th from 2pm – 6pm. Your pick-up will be highlighted by the chance to see some of our dancers in their

Nutcracker party outfits and everyone’s favorite Russian Bear.

Premier Family Package * - $250

*includes The Nutcracker with Bonus Features

Make this holiday season extra special by sending a personalized video message from one of our dancers

(in costume) to a loved one! The magic will come from a beloved Nutcracker character who will speak

directly to you or your gift recipient. This package includes everything from the Family Package plus a

personalized video message and an autographed pointe shoe.

Join us for the Magic * - $500

*includes The Nutcracker with Bonus Features

Are you looking for that special occasion to dress up in your holiday best and enjoy a safe and socially

distanced theatre experience? On Sunday, December 13th at 1:00pm or 4:30pm at our Studio Theatre in

downtown Richmond, you and up to three guests will be greeted by characters from The

Nutcracker before watching the second act of our pre-recorded Nutcracker performance on our

beautiful big screen in our Studio Theatre. The second act includes so many favorites like the Arabian

Snake and Charmer, the Russian Bear, the Chinese Dragon and the adorable lambs. After the screening,

a special surprise live performance will cap off the holiday fun. Your group will receive a Family Package

Nutcracker gift box upon leaving the theatre to take more of the magic home with you!

Three men (the center one in a bear costume) dance.

Ronald Wagstaff, Trevor Davis, and Anthony Oates in The Nutcracker by Stoner Winslett. Richmond Ballet. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Sarah Ferguson.


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