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The Nutcracker 2012

Presented by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Directed by Ethan Stiefel

Artistic Director, Royal New Zealand Ballet

Musical Direction by Charles Barker

Principal Conductor, American Ballet Theatre

Tchaikovsky’s music performed by The UNCSA Nutcracker Orchestra

Ethan Stiefel’s brilliant interpretation of a classic returns to the Stevens Center this festive season. Don’t miss this production of “enormous power and artistic excellence” (Yes! Weekly) that “enchants and enthralls… sweep[ing] us into a spell” (Winston-Salem Journal). UNCSA’s production is the only Nutcracker in the Triad to be performed to a live orchestra, this year under the direction of Charles Barker, Principal Conductor, American Ballet Theatre. Experience Tchaikovsky’s lush score, vivid sets and costumes, and the extraordinary performances that have made UNCSA’s Nutcracker a holiday tradition!

Douglas Gawriljuk, a former faculty member of the UNCSA School of Dance who now teaches dance in West Palm Beach, Fla., will return to supervise the 2012 production of
The Nutcracker.


Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday & Friday, Dec. 13 - 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.


UNCSA's Stevens Center

405 West Fourth Street, Downtown Winston-Salem

SPECIAL EVENT PRICING: Tickets from $20! Call the Box Office at 336-721-1945 for details, or click on Box Office at left to buy tickets now!.

GREAT DEAL: “Family 4-Pack!” Subject to availability (for two adults and two children) Thursday and Sunday evening performances only. ($130 Orchestra Side/Front Balcony or $95 Center Balcony).

Please note that ArtsCards cannot be used for Nutcracker events. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount ticket (except Prime Orchestra). This may not be combined with any other offer.

This year, guest artists Veronika Part (Principal, ABT) and Charles Askegard (Principal, New York City Ballet and Soloist, American Ballet Theatre) will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier Prince at the performances on December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and December 14 at 7:30 p.m.



The Nutcracker is a collaborative effort of three UNCSA schools.  Proceeds will benefit the scholarship programs of the schools of Dance, Design & Production, and Music.

“Like” the UNCSA Nutcracker page on Facebook and get the inside scoop on all the exciting things surrounding this year's Nutcracker!

Visiting from out-of-town and need accommodations? Visit our Nutcracker sponsor, The Historic Brookstown Inn, at:



Media Coverage from the 2011 production:

"Nutcracker" expected to Draw 10K to Winston-Salem

WGHP My Fox 9, Dec. 14, 2011

Nutcracker sweeps us up in a spell

Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 11, 2011

THROUGH 12/18: Dancing to a Familiar Beat: UNCSA Revisits Nutcracker

Classical Voice of North Carolina (CVNC), Dec. 10, 2011

There is more to The Nutcracker than a delightful evening at the theatre

By J.D. Wilson, Guest Columnist

Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 9, 2011

UNC-TV NC Now previews Nutcracker

UNC-TV NC Now, Dec. 8, 2011

The Nutcracker a proud tradition for School of Arts

Yes! Weekly, Dec. 7, 2011

Barker makes his pointe

Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 4, 2011

Make The Nutcracker A Tradition For Your Family

Triad Moms on Main, Dec. 4, 2011

The Designing Duo: Carolyn Fay and Kathy Grillo

Winston-Salem Monthly, Dec. 1, 2011

Don't be home for Christmas

Winston-Salem Journal: Relish, Dec. 1, 2011

UNCSA Nutcracker a cherished holiday tradition for the triad

Yes! Weekly, Nov. 30, 2011

University of NC School of the Arts presents The Nutcracker (encore)

88.5 WFDD: Triad Arts Up Close, Nov. 30, 2011

The Nutcracker Ballet

[Clip 1] [Clip 2]

WGHP My Fox 8, Nov. 15, 2011



                                                                                                          Photos by Rosalie O'Connor