UNC School Of The Arts “The Nutcracker”

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Nutcracker ballet UNCSA

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) production of “The Nutcracker” is an eagerly anticipated Winston-Salem holiday tradition. During a “normal” year, this professional-caliber production of Tchaikovsky’s world-famous “The Nutcracker” ballet draws around 10,000 people to the streets of downtown and to UNCSA’s Stevens Center during its ten-show run.

How To Attend This Year

After a year of at-home viewing due to COVID-19, the event is back in person this year at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. The event takes place December 10-18, 2021. More information about how to book your seat will be available soon.

A First-Rate Production

Stunning sets, exquisite costumes, phenomenal dancing and special effects make this a top-notch production and a favorite of families and lovers of the arts. Audiences are dazzled by falling snow, rolling fog, and an enormous expanding fiber optic Christmas tree.

UNCSA’s production is the only “The Nutcracker” performance in the Triad to be accompanied by a live orchestra (even virtually!). Jared Redick, Interim Dean of Dance, will serve as the production’s Director. This new show will be choreographed by Ilya Kozadayev, conducted by Jiannan Cheng, and narrated by Rosemary Harris, an award winning actress.

Virtual Performance Dates

Join the Nutcracker Prince, Clara, the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy for this holiday classic! The performance schedule for the UNCSA production of “The Nutcracker” is December 10-18, 2021.

Kick-off Event

In normal years (TBD for 2021), there is a FREE ticket kick-off event in late September that is held at the Stevens Center. It features children’s activities, crafts, face painting and photo opportunities with characters from “The Nutcracker.” During the event, tickets may be purchased at a discount. Prizes are commonly awarded to lucky attendees, including free tickets for early comers and even a backstage tour on the evening of the winner’s chosen performance.

Ticket Prices

UNCSA Nutcracker Ballet

Ticket prices have not been announced yet for the streaming event. Tickets will go on sale soon for season ticket holders. Stay tuned for more details on how to order general tickets for this exciting event for the whole family.


For more information visit www.uncsa.edu/nutcracker or call the Box Office at 336-721-1945.

Normal Location

UNCSA’s Stevens Center
405 W. Fourth Street
Downtown Winston-Salem, NC 27101

What do you love most about this holiday tradition?

About The Author:

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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D. Clline
October 27, 2015 10:32 am

Tickets are very expensive for elderly adults who wish to experience “The Nutcracker,” this may have been there once in a life time experience!

December 11, 2015 4:52 pm
Reply to  D. Clline

Hi D. Clline,
It is indeed a very elaborate production, with a large behind the scenes staff and production and costume costs, I’m sure. I can tell you it is absolutely stunning and a national-level caliber production in quality. Be sure to share your thoughts with UNCSA as well.