ARTS San Antonio Presents The Nutcracker, Mejia Ballet International

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The Nutcracker Ballet in San AntonioSet to Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, The Nutcracker is, by far, the most widely attended ballet in America. The first American production of the ballet was staged in 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet. Ten years later, the late choreographer George Balanchine introduced his famous production of The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet, a staging largely responsible for the ballet becoming part of the Christmas tradition in the United States.

This production of The Nutcracker is choreographed and directed by the founder of Mejia Ballet International, Paul Mejia, a well-recognized name in ballet. Mejia is a former principal dancer under George Balanchine at New York City Ballet. He danced principal roles in many Balanchine ballets. Mejia’s production of The Nutcracker continues the holiday tradition of this popular ballet.

Olga Pavlova, Marina Goshko, Andrey Prikhodko and Yevgeni Anfinogenov will dance the principal roles in The Nutcracker. Students from San Antonio Metropolitan Classical Ballet will dance the children’s roles.

Nutcracker 101 –

What to know / expect if this is your first time attending:

Arts San Antonio offers a helpful site to learn more at this link; however, I’d like to share our basic tips if you are attending with young kids.

  • This performance is 2 hours long.  There is an intermission but know your child and their ability to be in a musical performance that requires them to sit and not talk for that long of a period.
  • It helps tremendously if you have read them the story so that they understand what is being acted out by the dancers. For a fast version, or if you don’t own the book, here is a video of the story being read:

  • Part of the beauty of this performance is the total experience.  We make it all about dressing up to attend the ballet.  We take family photos and arrive early enough to buy a special keepsake.
  • Make sure everyone has eaten and either napped or slept well as this will increase your chances of making it through the whole performance.
  • Mostly, enjoy what you can and exit if your child’s interest has waned. Don’t force them to remain at the performance making you, and other’s around you, miserable.
  • Since we live in San Antonio, this is also the perfect time to enjoy the lights on the river and have a lovely adventure in our hometown.

Scheduled Performances:

  • 12.16.16 | 7:30 pm
  • 12.17.16 | 2:00 pm
  • 12.17.16 | 7:30 pm
  • 12.18.16 | 2:00 pm

I highly recommend that you arrive early to navigate the parking situation in downtown San Antonio. You can always enjoy the lights and holiday sights before the performance if you arrive too early or just enjoy a drink in the lobby prior to the performance. For more info visit their website:

Ticketmaster Tickets start at: $29


610 E. Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 226-2891
Fax: 210-226-1981

What are your favorite tricks to enjoying the Nutcracker with young children?  How do you make this tradition your own? Share in the comments.

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