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Sugar Plum at the Schimmel (NYC)

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If you’re nuts about the Sugar Plum Fairy, get ready for Gelsey Kirkland Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Schimmel on December 11-21.

Ten performances. Ten opportunities to see the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet bring their version of the perennial holiday classic The Nutcracker to life on the Schimmel stage.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic and emotional score, The Nutcracker is the classic story about a young girl’s journey through fear and darkness to the light of love. Marie's transformation from child to princess begins with an unlikely gift from her godfather at a Christmas eve party; an ugly doll that cracks nuts. Follow Marie’s journey as she is menaced by dancing rats and ultimately rescued by the Nutcracker who leads her up the Christmas tree into the land of snow and beyond...into his kingdom.

Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet was founded in 2010 by Chernov and Gelsey Kirkland, who was invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet, and would go on to create leading roles in many of his ballets. 

Performances will be held on:

Thursday and Friday, December 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, December 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets start at $39, but $5 student balcony tickets are available for advance purchase in person at the box office. Student rush orchestra tickets (subject to availability) are available for purchase at the box office on the day of the performance (subject to availability). Any student with a valid photo ID is eligible.

For more information, visit the Schimmel website at