The Nutcracker Ballet and More Holiday Shows in Reno

Traditional Holiday Show Plays at Three Reno Locations

Performance of The Nutcracker at the Pioneer Center in Reno, Nevada
Image courtesy A.V.A. Ballet Theatre of Reno

About Nutcracker Performances in Reno

Reno has a long tradition of staging "The Nutcracker" ballet during the holiday season and 2014 is no exception. Audiences can enjoy this lively and colorful ballet at either of two locations in Reno, or see both since they will be staged on different dates. Both shows will be great holiday entertainment for the whole family.

Where to See Performances of The Nutcracker

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts - The stage at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts will be alive with a sugar plum fairy and dancing mice as A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents its 19th annual production of "The Nutcracker" ballet on December 12, 13, 14, 2014. A.V.A. Music for the ballet will be provided by the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky's score. Laura Jackson will conduct the orchestra. The leading roles will be performed by dancers who have performed with professional ballet companies such as Ballet West, Houston Ballet and the Diablo Ballet. A large cast of local talent will fill the remaining roles.

Performances of "The Nutcracker" will take the stage on Friday, December 12 at 8 p.m., on Saturday, December 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Sunday December 14 at 2 p.m. A special Sugar Plum party will be held after the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances where children can meet the Nutcracker characters.

You can purchase tickets online or call the Pioneer Center box office at 1-866-553-6605. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Pioneer Center is at 100 S. Virginia Street in Reno. Ticket prices are $25 to $55. There are discounts for seniors and children.

For more information, visit A.V.A. Ballet Theatre or call (775) 762-5165. Contact the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts at (775) 686-6600.

Grand Sierra Resort - "The Nutcracker" at the Grand Sierra Resort is performed by the Bay Pointe Ballet from South San Francisco. This performance is become a holiday tradition with its fifth year in 2014. This family show features custom-designed sets and costumes and Tchaikovsky's enchanting score. You'll journey through the Snow Forest to the Land of the Sweets to celebrate Clara's victory over the dreaded Rat King.

There will be two performances in the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort - 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 7. Prices are $29 to $59. Tickets are available online or by calling 1-800-648-3568. The Grand Sierra Resort is located at 2500 East 2nd Street in Reno.

The Nugget in Sparks - This version of "The Nutcracker" will be performed by the Reno Dance Company in the Celebrity Showroom from December 19 through 23, 2014. Show times will be 8 p.m. on December 19, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on December 20, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on December 21 and 22, and 2 p.m. on December 23. Adult tickets are $26.95, seniors are $21.95, children are $19.95, VIP booths are $36.95. You can buy tickets online or call (800) 648-1177. The Nugget is located at 1100 Nugget Avenue in Sparks.

More Holiday Shows in Reno

Jazz for the Holidays - The Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO) brings Jazz for the Holidays to northern Nevada for all to enjoy on Saturday, December 20, 2014. Accompanying the 17 piece band of the RJO is award-winning jazz vocalist Madeline Eastman, international tap and ballet stars, the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra, and other special guests who will all perform their holiday magic beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The show will be in Nightingale Concert Hall, inside the Church Fine Arts building at the University of Nevada, Reno. The address is 1335 N. Virginia Street. Tickets are $25 general admission, $10 for students, and can be purchased online.

Christmas Wonderland will be playing at the Eldorado Resort Casino in Reno from November 18 through December 27, 2014. This Christmas show is billed as a holiday extravaganza with dancing and singing, beautiful costumes, a spectacular stage setting and high kicking chorus line of Santa's helpers. The audience will be invited to join a sing along of such holiday classics as "White Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," and many more.

Performances will be Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m., plus matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $25.95 for adults and $19.95 for children ages 5 to 12. Dinner and show packages start at $35.95. Tickets are available online or by calling 1-800-879-8879. Children under 5 are not allowed in the Eldorado Showroom. The Eldorado is located at 345 North Virginia Street in downtown Reno.

Ham for the Holidays is a hilarious Christmas farce set in the fictional town of Hamlin, Georgia, on Christmas Eve 1939. Local radio station WHAM (pronounced W-HAM) has a special performance planned for Christmas. WHAM has gathered it's radio actors together and, with the Orson Welles on his way to the station to join the cast for the performance, there is great excitement. Unfortunately, Georgia has been hit with a freak snowstorm and neither Orson Welles, nor the script for the performance, arrive.

Performances start at 8 p.m. on December 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2014. The December 10 performance is Artist Night with $10 tickets for artists and teachers. There will be Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on December 14 and 21.

Reservations are available through the Bruka Theatre box office at (775) 323-3221. Individual tickets are $20 for general $18 for students, seniors and military. All tickets are $25 at the door. Reservations are also available at the Melting Pot World Emporium at 1047 S. Virginia Street in Reno. Bruka validates parking at the Parking Gallery on First and Sierra Streets. Tickets available online from Brown Paper Tickets. Bruka Theatre is located at 99 N. Virginia Street in downtown Reno.

A Christmas Carol: The Musical will be performed at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the Redfield Proscenium Theatre at the Church Fine Arts Building. "Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his past, present and future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful 'Happy Christmas' before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him. The play, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, will be directed by Tony Award winner Adam Cates." Performances will be December 2 through 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., and December 7 at 1:30 p.m.

The theatre is located on the UNR campus at 1664 N. Virginia Street in Reno. Tickets can be purchased online. For more information, call (775) 784-4ART.

Sources: A.V.A. Ballet Theatre, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Sierra Resort, Bruka Theatre, University of Nevada, Reno.

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