New Orleans School of Ballet presents Nikki Hefko’s The Nutcracker in New OrleansNEW ORLEANS (press release) – New Orleans School of Ballet proudly presents its original The Nutcracker in New Orleans.  In the 2017 premiere, this re-envisioned production delighted audiences of all ages. It returns this holiday season with an expanded cast of talented performing artists from New Orleans School of Ballet.  Set to Tchaikovsky’s renowned score,The Nutcracker in New Orleans runs on Dec. 20-22 at The Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp Street. General admission is $25, CAC Members $20.

Baylor Blum leads the cast in the title role of the Nutcracker and Emilie Saucier portrays the heroine Clare Marie.  Ainsley Poche as the Tropical Storm Queen and Drew Pearson and Edward Spots as the Sugar Cane Fairy and Cavalier round out the featured roles.

“The Nutcracker is a holiday cornerstone, but I’ve tweaked it and made it ‘Naturally New Orleans,” says artistic director Nikki Hefko. “We’ve expanded Clare Marie’s dream and made the story relatable to our city.  The cast is challenged technically and artistically, but have great fun relating this familiar, yet invigorated, beloved tale.   They will wow audiences in our lively production.  This is the perfect introduction to ballet with Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, amazing costumes, and fabulous dancing.”

Come see dancing Pelicans, Who Dats, a Mardi Gras Strut and more in this original one of a kind production!


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Performances will take place at The Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 70130

Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec.22, 2019 – 5:30 p.m.


Tickets are $25, General Admission; $20, CAC Members.

The Nutcracker in New Orleans performance length is approximately 1.25 hours including one intermission.