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Orlando Ballet presents the World Premiere of a new, ground-breaking production of The Nutcracker

In celebration of their 50th Anniversary in 2023–24, Orlando Ballet will premiere a brand new production of The Nutcracker tonight,Friday, December 8.


World Premiere of Orlando Ballet's new production of The Nutcracker

In honor of their 50th Anniversary, Orlando Ballet is presenting the World Premiere of a ground-breaking production of The Nutcracker. This from-scratch, Broadway-caliber production will be the largest ever created by an Orlando-based performing arts organization, featuring enchanting new choreography, stunning costumes, fantastical sets, and magical stage elements.


Staying true to the traditional story of a young girl’s love for her favorite Christmas gift bestowed by the town’s toymaker, this exciting new production set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score promises to form new and renewed holiday traditions for years to come.


Orlando Ballet presents the World Premiere of a new, ground-breaking production of The Nutcracker

Like young Clara, Orlando Ballet's Artistic Director Jorden Morris dreams big as the world will see when Orlando Ballet premieres an entirely new production of The Nutcracker this week in the magnificent surroundings of Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.


The world premier of this new production will take place Friday, December 8, with the production running until Christmas Eve, December 24, 2023.


Supported by an elite dream team of designers of sets, costumes and lighting, this production is a wonderfully imaginative version of the world’s most beloved holiday tale.


Staying true to the traditional story of a young girl’s love for her favorite Christmas gift bestowed by the town’s toymaker, Morris pairs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic musical score with entirely new choreography to create a fresh and whimsical experience complete with giant snow globes, fancy mice, and a few high-flying surprises.


World Premiere of Orlando Ballet's new production of The Nutcracker

Morris spent three years reimagining the production, beginning his monumental task by structuring a creative team of world-renowned designers. Joined by Orlando Ballet’s Rehearsal Director/Assistant to the Choreographer Lisa Thorn–Vinzant; Robert Perdziola, Set/Costume Designer, and Lighting Designer Joseph Walls, Morris’ wildest dreams come to life on stage for everyone to enjoy.


“The Nutcracker is universally beloved, so we all understood our responsibility to protect the story, and, of course, the music. Having this special team of creative and enthusiastic experts share in revisioning all the tradition and charm of this classic, in a new and innovative way, is a choreographer’s dream,” said Morris. “We’ve created something very special for Central Florida.”



World Premiere of Orlando Ballet's new production of The Nutcracker

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