En Pointe for the Holidays, Ballet San Antonio's 'The Nutcracker' Twirls into Town at Tobin Center

En Pointe for the Holidays, Ballet San Antonio's 'The Nutcracker' Twirls into Town at Tobin CenterSource: Tobin Center website
Jesse Hoffman
Published on November 30, 2023

The holiday season in San Antonio is set to pirouette into a whimsical wonderland with Ballet San Antonio's annual production of 'The Nutcracker,' a festive staple that never fails to sprinkle a bit of magic over the city. According to a report by KENS 5, the beloved ballet company will enchant audiences at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, bringing together a diverse cast of 25 professional dancers and a joyous assembly of 100 local children.

The show, which is a quintessential part of San Antonio's holiday traditions, promises to transport families on an otherworldly journey alongside enduring characters like Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Despite the show's familiarity, keeping it fresh remains a pleasant challenge for the choreographers. "Every year, we’re challenged with both appealing to a wide audience and bringing something new to the table," Haley Henderson Smith and Easton Smith confided in a statement obtained by KENS 5. They added, "We hope audiences enjoy the decisions we’ve made to make this year’s performance of The Nutcracker a special one."

Adding to the splendor, live music will serenade the dancers, performed by the Classical Music Institute’s Orchestra. The production steps up its community spirit this year by incorporating local heroes into the whimsical role of Mother Ginger, a move that's sure to resonate well with San Antonians. Loyal fans can look forward to eight performances, each a chance to dive into the heartwarming narrative that has captivated people for years.

Performance dates are teed up starting December 1 and running through December 10, making the Tobin Center the city's premier holiday destination. As an extra sprinkle of holiday cheer, Ballet San Antonio brings the 'The Nutcracker Sweets and Treats Party,' an immersive experience where the magic of the stage extends to meeting the dancers and enjoying sweet festive treats, according to the event's listing on the Tobin Center's website.