‘Tis the season to be jolly, and for many Eastside families that means seeing a performance of the holiday classic The Nutcracker. Fortunately, there are many great shows happening on this side of the lake. Here is a list of Eastside performances of The Nutcracker happening this season:
Clara and the Nutcracker from Bellevue Youth Theatre
When: November 30-Dec 7
Where: Bellevue Youth Theatre, 16661 Northup Way
Before the famous ballet, there was the book. This is the story behind Nutcracker, and it comes to the stage for a delightful experience for the entire family. Come and make this part of your holiday celebration.
Performances are at the Bellevue Youth Theatre, 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue
Friday, November 30 and December 7 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 1 and 8 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.
Nutcracker by Emerald City Ballet
When: December 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2pm
Where: Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell, WA 98011
Cost: Adults $35 – Seniors $30 – Youth under 17 $20
Holiday magic returns to NPAC with this classic seasonal favorite. Emerald Ballet Theatre performs to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky.
The Nutcracker Ballet (traditional Russian style)
When: December 14,15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Where: Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004
Age: Most likely children 6 years and up
Cost: $25 – $50
This year, make a connection with many of the memorable Nutcracker characters! See Herr Drosselmeyer with his hand-made toys and join the party guests as they welcome in the Yuletide season… Witness the dreams of a little girl; snowflakes, flowers and candies come to life through dance. The Nutcracker battles with the Mouse King and the princess finds her prince. The Nutcracker Ballet is a story told in dance and performed on the stage… Its time to experience The Nutcracker the way it was meant to be seen..
Excerpts from the Nutcracker by Island Youth Ballet
When: December 15, 16, 19, 20
Where: Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 SE 40th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Cost: $22 per ticket
Performance is 2 hours long. If your child is old enough to sit in their own seat, they are old enough to enjoy this performance. This very professional, family friendly Excerpts from the Nutcracker delights adults and children of all ages.
Nutcracker by Evergreen City Ballet
When: In Kirkland, Saturday, December 1 – 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 2 – 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
Where: Lake Washington Performing Arts Center, 12033 NE 80th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033
When: In Renton, Friday, December 14 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 15 – 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 16 – 1:30 pm
Where: Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S 2nd Street, Renton, WA 98057
Cost: Student/child- $13; Adult- $29; Senior- $18
This kid-friendly performance of The Nutcracker was created with the younger audience in mind. This holiday classic has been reduced to a one hour performance including a short intermission. Before the intermission, see how the snow falls, how the bed magically moves across the stage and the sets are changed for Act II. You and your family are sure to enjoy seeing your child’s eyes light up as they learn about this beautiful ballet.