Do you have a child that loves to dance? The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker is a spellbinding interactive performance designed specifically for kids aged 3 and up and it’s coming to a theatre near you.
This Christmas classic is a divine way to introduce your tiny dancer to the whirly, twirly, beautiful world of ballet. The elegant dancing, the gorgeous costumes, the spectacular props, the familiar score – so much on-stage excitement. It’s sure to be the highlight of their holidays. And yours too.
After all, what could beat a mummy ‘n me date to the ballet?
How about free tickets? Okay, sure!
We’ve got our hands on three sets of family passes to see The Nutcracker. Performances are in Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide (see dates and times below). If you’d love to take your dancing darling to one of these select shows, then put your name down in our competition below.
Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker has more performance venues, times and dates. Tickets start at $39 per person. We have listed the dates and locations of all the performances.
The perfect first ballet experience
Packed with wonder and delight, The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet is an interactive, narrated, educational ballet production that encourages kids to learn, discover the joy of make-believe and magic and explore their love of dance.
This spellbinding performance of The Nutcracker takes ballet’s youngest audiences on a magical adventure as it introduces them to this classic Christmas tale.
Catch a sneak peek in the video below.
Expertly crafted for kids three and up, the performance runs for just under an hour which is perfect for preschoolers and school-aged kids. Trust us, adults will love it too because The Australian Ballet’s lighthearted version is pure performance gold and a classic like The Nutcracker never gets old.
Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker uses a narrator to tell the story of Clara, who embarks on a magical journey where she encounters the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King and, of course, The Nutcracker Prince.
It’s the same story that we all know and love, only better because our kids get to be involved in it. That’s right – not only is the story much easier to follow compared to the original, but it also calls on the kids to help with some magic spells along the way.
Tutus at the ready
The Australian Ballet encourages kids to dress the part! So dust off their gowns, grab those tiaras and tutus and get ready for an evening of festive, frilly fun. Make sure you don your best as well – after all, it’s not every day we mums get to wear heels AND a tiara.
The Australian Ballet will also place treasure boxes filled with costumes in the foyer of the performance space. Kids are welcome to try on ballet outfits and wear them as they watch the show.
Where to see Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker
Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker will grace several stages across Australia during December and January. You can catch the interactive and live-action at the following venues:
- Arts Centre Melbourne: 11 – 15 December 2019
- Sydney Opera House: 18 December 2019 – 4 January 2020
- Laycock Street Community Theatre Gosford: 8 – 9 January 2020
- Sydney Coliseum Theatre: 11 – 12 January 2020
- Canberra Theatre Centre: 16 –18 January 2020
- Adelaide Festival Theatre: 22 – 24 January 2020
Get your tickets today
If your little one loves dancing, we highly recommend adding this to the school holiday activity list and making it an annual Christmas tradition. Last year’s performances were met with rave reviews and we expect the same for this show.
So, set their little hearts alight and keep visions of sugar plum fairies dancing in their heads long after the show has ended.
Tickets start at $39. The show runs for 50 minutes, no interval. Children 18 months and under are free as long as they are sitting on mum’s lap. Storytime Balley: The Nutracker has daytime and evening shows so you can work around your holiday schedule and your child’s naptime routine.
We have three family passes to Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker up for grabs.
Introduce your darlings to the beauty of ballet and enjoy a day at Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker on us. We have three family passes (four tickets valued at $50 per ticket) at three theatres across Australia. Winners will collect their tickets from the Box Office.
The date and time of the performances are:
- Sydney Coliseum Theatre – 11 January 2020 at 11am
- Canberra Theatre Centre – 17 January at 11am
- Adelaide Festival Theatre – 22 January at 11 am