The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

A Mankato Ballet Company Tradition


Parent Volunteer Sign Up

Each year MBC puts on 4-5 performances of the Nutcracker over the weekends leading up to Christmas. Performance opportunities are for dancers in levels 1A and higher and MBC welcomes any enrolled ballet student to participate in the performance. To be part of the cast dancers must complete a Nutcracker Performance Agreement.  For a Nutcracker Performance Agreement CLICK HERE.

Casting is always done by the choreographer and is final. Dancers that have been cast are expected to attend rehearsals that are in addition to their scheduled class times. Dancers and parents should take that into consideration before signing up to participate. Dancers that miss more than two rehearsals may be removed from the performance. Rehearsal schedules are posted online. CLICK HERE for the current rehearsal schedule.

There are many backstage opportunities for parents at all these performances.  Each family is required to sign up for one volunteer opportunity in order for the dancer to participate. Only parents that have signed up for a backstage duty will be allowed backstage.

Everything you need to know about Dress Rehearsal and Performance arrival times can be found HERE.

The Nutcracker

Location: MSU – Ted Paul Theatre

Performances and Times:

Friday December 8th at 7pm                                                         Saturday December 9th at 1pm and 5pm
Sunday December 10th at 1pm and 5pm


Adults: $20, Students/Seniors: $15, Children: $12 Children 2 and under are FREE
Tickets may be purchased from the MSU box office.
Call or go online: 507-389-6661 –

Tickets are non refundable.  Ticketing fee applies to online purchases.

MBC offers group ticket prices for youth groups, non-profit groups, organizations that work with youth, and corporate events. For information please contact the Mankato Ballet Company DIRECTLY at 507-625-7716 or email us from the contact page. Please leave your contact information and the approximate number of people in your group and we will contact you with applicable discounts. DO NOT CONTACT THE MSU BOX OFFICE OR SEND PAYMENT TO THEM!!