2018 The Nutcracker

Military Night

Huntsville Ballet, along with our community partners, will host a magical evening at the Von Braun Center, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall on Thursday, December 6, 2018.  It is our honor to invite Active Duty, Retired, Guard and Reserve military members and their families to a complimentary performance of The Nutcracker.  Please join us for an evening that is sure to get you in the spirit! 

Huntsville Ballet Company is proud to partner with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots for a fourth year and will have boxes at the door for donations of new, unwrapped toys. The Rocket City Jazz Orchestra will open the evening at 6:00pm followed by Huntsville Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker at 7:00pm. 

Complimentary tickets will be available with proper Identification at Huntsville Ballet 800 Regal Drive and at the ITR Office beginning November 16, 2018.

There is no charge for this performance, but you MUST have a ticket to enter. For further information, please contact: MilitaryNight@HuntsvilleBallet.org

Ticket Distribution Information

1. Tickets are ONLY for The Nutcracker performance on Thursday, December 6th, 2018.

2. Tickets are reserved for any Active Duty Military, Retired Military, Reserve, National Guard, or Veteran and their immediate family members.

3. Tickets are complimentary, but each person MUST have a ticket to enter.

4. All seating is General Admission and is on a first come, first served basis. The Concert Hall will open at 5:30 pm.

5. Each Sponsor or Dependent picking up the tickets must present a valid Department of Defense ID or DD214 for ticket receipt.

6. Tickets are limited to immediate family members of the sponsor (Limit 6 tickets per ID please).

7. The tickets have NO Monetary value and are not for sale.

8. This performance is also a Toys for Tots event, so please remember to bring a toy to support this charity.

9. Any questions may be directed to MilitaryNight@HuntsvilleBallet.org.


Set in the 1850’s in Huntsville, Alabama, our production of The Nutcracker has a traditional feel thanks to the historical Huntsville sets and elaborate antebellum-style costumes. 

Phillip Otto, Artistic Director of Huntsville Ballet Company worked closely with David Harwell, the theater program director at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, to remake the sets of the annual holiday performance to mark Community Ballet Association’s 50th year. CBA is the umbrella under which the Huntsville Ballet Company and the Huntsville Ballet School both operate.

The ballet company’s seamstresses work for months on the elaborate costumes and continue to update costumes annually. Sets include a filmy front drop that depicts the Quietdale mansion that is located in Northeast Huntsville; it’s a special drop where you can see through it, like you’re looking through the windows. You may even recognize some of the party guests so be sure to pay close attention!

Come experience The Nutcracker, A Huntsville Tradition.