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. 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.

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. Jared Redick, Assistant Dean of Ballet at UNCSA School of Dance, will serve as the production’s Director and the performance will be conducted by Karin Hendrickson.

Kick-off Event

On Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 10am-noon, a FREE kick-off event for the performance ticket sales will be held at the Stevens Center featuring children’s activities, crafts, face painting and photo opportunities with characters from “The Nutcracker.” During the event, tickets may be purchased at a discount. The first 25 ticket buyers will receive a prize. One lucky winner will win a backstage tour on the evening of their chosen performance.

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 13-22, 2019.

  • Noon show: December 14
  • 2pm shows: December 15, 21, 22
  • 5:30pm show: December 14
  • 7:30pm shows: December 13, 18, 19, 20, 21

Ticket Prices

UNCSA Nutcracker Ballet

Ticket prices (not including the pre-sale discount) are available in a wide selection of prices and locations:

  • Orchestra: $29.79 – $74.75
  • Balcony: $19.48 – $44.78
  • Family 4-Pack (December 19 & 20 only; 2 adults+2 kids 13 or younger):
    • Orchestra Side/Front Balcony (Yellow seats on map): $148 (+$10 online fee) – use promo code supersaver148
    • Middle Balcony (Light Blue seats): 110 (+$10 online fee) – use promo code supersaver110


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


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

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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.