George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker ®

December 9 – 24, 2017 | Keller Auditorium

222 SW Clay Street, Portland, Oregon 97201


Sometimes the best journeys are the ones we take to familiar places – filled with warmth, tradition, and new memories waiting to be made. Oregon Ballet Theatre’s annual performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker ® has brought joy to the holidays for 14 years. Join Marie and her charming Prince as they are swept away by dancing snowflakes to a magical land of sweets ruled by the Sugarplum Fairy – all to Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score!

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker features magnificent scenery and elaborate costumes. The company remains one of only a handful in the nation with the rights to produce George Balanchine’s version of this holiday classic. OBT is pleased to announce the addition of two more shows this year featuring the OBT Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s magical score live.

Performance Times


Featuring 10 performances with The OBT Orchestra

Music note indicates a performance with live music

Saturday, December 9 2:00 PM 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 10 2:00 PM 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 14 7:30 PM
Friday, December 15 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 16 2:00 PM 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 17 2:00 PM 7:30 PM
Wednesday, December 20 2:00 PM 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 21 2:00 PM 7:30 PM
Friday, December 22 2:00 PM 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 23 2:00 PM 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 24 12:00 PM



Previews & Reviews

Candace Bouchard: After one last Dewdrop, the world awaits
Oregon Artswatch | December 7, 2017

In stride: a tight, bright ‘Nutcracker’
Oregon Artswatch | December 14, 2016

Nothing says holiday like ‘Nutcracker’
Portland Tribune | December 8, 2016

7 things to know about Oregon Ballet Theatre’s ‘Nutcracker’
The Oregonian | December 4, 2016


Week 1, Dec 9-10

  Saturday Dec 9 Saturday Dec 9 Sunday Dec 10 Sunday Dec 10
2:00 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM
Orchestra Orchestra Orchestra Prerecorded
DROSSELMEIER Peter Franc Colby Parsons Chauncey Parsons Michael Linsmeier
SUGARPLUM FAIRY Eva Burton Xuen Cheng Candace Bouchard Kelsie Nobriga
CAVALIER Brian Simcoe Chauncey Parsons Colby Parsons Peter Franc
COFFEE Kimberly Nobriga Emily Parker Martina Chavez Makino Hildestad
TEA Avery Reiners Adam Hartley Michael Linsmeier Theodore Watler
CANDYCANE Thomas Baker Avery Reiners Brian Simcoe Christopher Kaiser
MARZIPAN Kelsie Nobriga Ansa Capizzi Katherine Monogue Eva Burton
MOTHER GINGER Poison Waters Poison Waters Poison Waters Poison Waters
DEWDROP Martina Chavez Candace Bouchard Ansa Capizzi Xuan Cheng

Week 2, Dec 14-17

Thursday, Dec. 14 Friday, Dec 15 Saturday, Dec 16 Saturday, Dec 16 Sunday, Dec 17 Sunday, Dec 17 
7:30 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM
Prerecorded Orchestra Orchestra Orchestra Orchestra Prerecorded
DROSSELMEIER Brian Simcoe Peter Franc Michael Linsmeier Colby Parsons Chauncey Parsons Chauncey Parsons
SUGARPLUM FAIRY Ansa Capizzi Xuan Cheng Jessica Lind Kelsie Nobriga Ansa Capizzi Candace Bouchard
CAVALIER Avery Reiners Chauncey Parsons Thomas Baker Peter Franc Avery Reiners Colby Parsons
COFFEE Paige Wilkey Katherine Monogue Emily Parker Martina Chavez Kimberly Nobriga Makino Hildestad
TEA Andrew Wingert Theodore Watler Avery Reiners Chauncey Parsons Andrew Wingert Michael Linsmeier
CANDYCANE Chauncey Parsons Avery Reiners Chauncey Parsons Brian Simcoe Thomas Baker Avery Reiners
MARZIPAN Jessica Lind Emily Parker Ansa Capizzi Candace Bouchard Kelsie Nobriga Eva Burton
MOTHER GINGER Poison Waters Colby Parsons Adam Hartley Keenan English Keenan English Keenan English
DEWDROP Katherine Monogue Kelsie Nobriga Candace Bouchard Eva Burton Katherine Monogue Martina Chavez

Candace Bouchard’s Final Shows

Celebrate Candace’s final performance with OBT before she hangs up her pointe shoes. Candace will make appearances in all 19 performances of the Nutcracker. Below is a list of her casting in the principal roles.
DATE Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm Dec 23 @ 7:30 pm Dec 24 @ 12:00 pm
ROLE Dewdrop Sugarplum Dewdrop Sugarplum Sugarplum Dewdrop


It is Christmas Eve in Germany 150 years ago, and Doctor and Frau Stahlbaum, along with their children Marie and Fritz, are hosting an elegant holiday party. In a festive parlor with a splendid Christmas tree, they entertain their friends and relatives with games, dances,and gifts. At the stroke of eight, an owl suddenly flaps its wings over the grandfather clock in the corner of the room and the lights flicker and fail. The party is swept with a sense of wonder as Marie’s godfather, the mysterious Herr Drosselmeier, makes a dramatic entrance with his young nephew. They have brought with them life-sized dancing toys that they unveil to the delight of the assembled guests. Drosselmeier then presents Marie with a special gift: a Nutcracker.Marie proudly shows off her new toy until Fritz, in a jealous tantrum,seizes the doll and breaks it. Drosselmeier mends the Nutcracker with his handkerchief and gives the doll to Marie, who tucks it into a toy bed beneath the Christmas tree. After a final dance, which Marie shares with the nephew, the guests say goodnight and the family goes off to bed.At midnight, Marie sneaks back to look for her Nutcracker. She soon falls asleep and, when she does, the room begins to change. Giant mice scurry through the shadows while the Christmas tree and the toys beneath it grow bigger and bigger. Under a now towering tree, the mice, led by their fierce King, do battle with the Nutcracker and his army of toy soldiers. It seems the mice will be triumphant until, at the very last moment, Marie throws her slipper at the King, distracting him long enough for the Nutcracker to run him through with his sword and seize victory. Exhausted, Marie falls onto her bed and is magically transported to the Land of Snow. There, where snowflakes dance, she is reunited with the Nutcracker, now transformed into a handsome young Prince.

The Nutcracker Prince leads Marie on a journey to the Palace of the Land of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy reigns. There, the Prince tells the court how Marie saved him in his battle with the Mouse King.As a reward, the Sugar Plum Fairy seats them both upon a special throne to enjoy the dancing of Spanish Hot Chocolate, Arabian Coffee,and Tea from China. Candy Canes also perform for the two, along with Marzipan Shepherdesses, Mother Ginger and her Polichinelles, and the beautiful Dew Drop Fairy and her Flowers. As a final honor,the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier dance a majestic pas de deux. Marie and the Nutcracker Prince thank the Sugar Plum Fairy for her grand entertainment and everyone in the Land of Sweets gathers to bid them farewell.

Run Time

Approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes with one 25 minute intermission

Dancer: Xuan Cheng | Photos by James McGrew

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Thank you for your memories of The Nutcracker.