The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Brings Holiday Magic to Ellensburg The shadow of war hangs over the Stahlbaum Family as the eldest brother, Alexander prepares to leave with his battalion. His siblings, twin sister Clara, Adelaide, Fritz and Marie, crowd around him to say goodbye. Before he leaves, he gives his younger siblings animal masks and for Clara, a special gift, a music box that plays their favorite waltz. Clara puts the key to the music box around Alexander’s neck with a promise for him to bring it back to her.

Holiday magic comes to life during The Nutcracker, presented by Ellensburg Dance Ensemble (EDE) and Central Washington University (CWU). A young girl’s enchanted gift leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

The Nutcracker comes to Ellensburg December 8th-11th at CWU’s McConnell Auditorium. This holiday tradition, told through the art of dance, will delight and entertain audience members of all ages. A heartwarming show full of adventure, magic, and comedy, The Nutcracker is a family-friendly show featuring live orchestration and local dancers from ages 5 to adult.

Ellensburg Dance Ensemble collaborates with CWU Theatre Arts, CWU Orchesis Dance Company, and CWU Music to present The Nutcracker.

Join us at McConnell Hall Auditorium for performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm.


December 8 – December 11
Thursday, December 8 | 7PM
Friday, December 9 | 7PM
Saturday, December 10 | 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, December 11 | 2PM


CWU’s McConnell Hall Auditorium

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