The Nutcracker

December 7–08, 2018
The Paramount Center for the Arts

Visions of Sugar Plums.....and Nutcrackers and Rat Kings! The mighty battle between the mice and soldiers that brings Clara’s dream to life begins right here at the Paramount Center for the Arts with Bristol Ballet’s full length production of this popular holiday classic.

Friday, December 7th at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 8th at 12:00 pm
Saturday, December 8th at 5:30 pm

Purchase tickets online at or phone the box office at 423-274-8920.

School Performance
Friday, December 7th at 10:00 am
Chaperones free (one for every 10 students)

About The Nutcracker
George Balanchine’s visions of sugar plums took a lesser known Russian ballet featuring national dances and made it into one of the most popular ballets of all time. As the Bristol Ballet prepares its “The Nutcracker” confections, it is part of a well over 100-year-old tradition. First presented in Russia in 1892, the ballet was not an instant hit. In 1954, Balanchine made the first radical changes to the ballet, embellishing the various dance sequences, divertissements, as candies and treats instead of just national dances. That was the change that made the ballet wildly popular in the United States.