This year Ballet Lubbock has produced a 60-minute Nutcracker special that brings a combination of comedic and heartwarming narration and some of Ballet Lubbock’s greatest historical performances. 

Cozy up on the couch and stream the magic straight into your living room!

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Purchase the stream now and watch as much as you like until December 31!

Click Here for the 2020 Program Book

How to Download and Watch

  • Purchase a streaming link from the Ballet Lubbock website. 
  • Check your email for your streaming link. You can use that link to watch as many times as you would like between December 11-31. 

How To Watch On Your Device
When you purchase the stream, you’ll have a link emailed to you that will take you to a website where the stream will be active beginning December 11. Any device with a web browser and access to the internet will be able to stream the special.

Watch On Your TV

With Apple TV
Use Airplay to stream to your Apple TV

With Chromecast
Use Google Home App to stream to your TV via Chromecast

With Your Amazon Firestick
There are a few different options on how to stream from your PC or phone to your Firestick. Here’s a link to some of our favorites: https://www.androidauthority.com/stream-pc-to-amazon-firestick-1007595/


How much are tickets?

If you purchase the stream (Dec 11-31) how often can you watch it?
You can watch it as many times as you like between December 11-31. We recommend watching several times.

Do we need to purchase the stream or can we watch it on Facebook?
Yes, you will need to purchase the stream on our website. The Facebook event on December 12 is simply a time where we encourage as many as are able to watch while posting about their watch parties and traditions. Share yours with #NutcrackerAtHome

Once we pay, do we receive a special viewing link via email?
Yes, you’ll receive an email with the link. The link will be live from December 11-31 and you can watch as many times as you’d like. 

I didn’t receive an email with the link.
We’re sorry! Please try logging in with the information you provided here: https://www.balletlubbock.org/the-nutcracker/access/

Will this be a full Nutcracker performance?
This special isn’t a full performance, but edited highlights from some of our greatest historical performances plus comedic and heartwarming narration in a 60-minute special.

In addition to the Nutcracker presentation, each download link will include an inside look at our Clara auditions, a welcome from our sponsor, and a quick fun preview! We look forward to sharing this beloved story with you in a new way this season.

Will I be able to download this link?
Unfortunately, this link will not be available for download and will only be available for streaming.

I ordered a Holiday Snack Box. When can I pick it up?
Snack Boxes can be ordered through December 6th and will be available for pick up December 10-12 from Market Street StreetSide at 98th and Quaker between 10am – Noon, 2-5pm, and 7-8pm.

Prelude: Herr Drosselmeyer’s Workshop

It is Christmas Eve and Drosselmeyer is eagerly working on the toys in his workshop. He hurries to go to his relatives, the Stahlbaums’, Christmas Party. The Stahlbaum family is excitedly preparing for their Christmas party.

Act I, Scene I: The Christmas Party

Herr Von Stahlbaum and his wife welcome all of their guests. Drosselmeyer presents a few of the toys from his toy shop: a beautiful doll that comes to life, dancing; and life-like mechanical toys that perform for the guests. Drosselmeyer’s generosity continues, giving Clara her own special doll: a Nutcracker. In a fit of jealousy, Fritz tears the doll away from Clara and breaks it. Luckily, Drosselmeyer magically repairs it, and Clara happily dances a lullaby for her Nutcracker. After the final dance, the guests leave the party and Clara sneaks back downstairs looking for her precious doll. She finds him and falls asleep on the couch. Drosselmeyer enters again and awakens the room with magic. Clara wakes up, amazed to see this magical world where little mice are everywhere, and her Nutcracker, now life-size, is and standing in his own guardhouse!

Act I, Scene 2: The Battle Scene

After the sweet mice leave, Clara is frightened by the incredible sight of the much larger rats, and with a great boom, the mighty Rat King appears. He demands Clara to marry him, but she refuses. Suddenly, the Nutcracker comes to life and defends Clara. The Nutcracker calls his soldiers to battle, and with their help, Clara and the Nutcracker defeat the Rat King and his rat army.

After their triumph, Clara’s Nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince, thanking Clara for saving his life, and offering to take her to his magical kingdom. She agrees, and on their travels through the Snow Kingdom, they meet the Snow Queen and King and watch the Snow Maidens dance.

Act II: The Kingdom of the Sweets

Clara and the Nutcracker Prince finally arrive in the Kingdom of Sweets, and the Prince presents Clara to his royal subjects. The beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy encourages everyone to dance for their guest, Clara. After the celebration ends, Drosselmeyer magically brings Clara back to her living room. She awakens to find her mother looking for her, and cradles her precious Nutcracker as she goes back to bed. “It was all such a wonderful dream,” she thinks, “…or was it?”

Now a holiday classic, The Nutcracker ballet was originally based on the 1816 book, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, written by E.T.A. Hoffman.
After this snowy tale’s warm reception and adaptation by Alexandre Dumas, the proverbial stage was set for the inception of the ballet we love today, and Marius Petipa was just the person to champion The Nutcracker’s graceful transition from page to stage.

In 1891, Petipa, the legendary ballet master of the Russian Kirov Ballet, commissioned the famous composer Peter Tchaikovsky to write the score for the ballet based on the fairy tale while he began the choreography. Unfortunately, Petipa soon fell ill, entrusting the rest of the choreography to his assistant, Lev Ivanov. As it always must, the show went on, and The Nutcracker debuted on December 17, 1892 at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

However, it was not until many Christmases later—in 1954—that Russian dancer, choreographer, and founder of New York City Ballet, George Balanchine, created a full-length version of The Nutcracker and premiered it in the United States on the American Ballet Theatre stage. To this day, ballerinas around the world and in the United States perform many different shades of this red and green classic, but all are centered around the story of a little girl and the magical Kingdom of the Sweets Mr. Hoffman dreamed up so many years ago.