The nutcracker

Dec 15th & 16th


featuring the Topeka Symphony Orchestra

Now comes the Mouse King! Join us as Clara adventures with the Nutcracker Prince and Fritz’s toy soldiers to defeat the Mouse King’s army. This Christmas ballet performance is steeped in other-worldly fantasy, childlike imagination, and sugarplum dreams. Enjoy this rich Christmas tradition performed in front of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. Featuring guest dancers from the most renowned ballet companies in the country.

Featured guest artists


Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Blanco trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba. Prior to joining the Joffrey, he performed as a principal dancer with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, under the artistic direction of Alicia Alonso. While dancing with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Mr. Blanco performed in Paris, London, Mexico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, United States, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, China, and Egypt. Some principal roles with the company include Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried), Don Quixote (Basilio, Espada), Giselle (Albrecht), and Coppélia (Franz).



Ms. Daly, a native of Rockford, Illinois, studied with the Rockford Dance Company and later attended the New School University/Joffrey Ballet BFA program in New York. Ms. Daly also danced for two seasons with The Washington Ballet prior to joining the Joffrey. Since joining The Joffrey Ballet, Ms. Daly has performed a variety of works, including lead roles in Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake (Odette/Odile), John Neumeier's Sylvia (Sylvia), Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote (Kitri, Mercedes, Queen of the Dryads), Lar Lubovitch's Othello(Desdemona), Frederic Franklin's Giselle (Myrtha, Moyna), Frederick Ashton's Cinderella (Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, Autumn Fairy), Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow(Valencienne), Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet (Juliet), Stanton Welch's La Bayadère (Gazmatti), and Joffrey's The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum).

The Nutcracker 2018

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Topeka Performing Arts Center

Tickets are on sale at the Topeka Performing Arts Center box office. They can also be purchased online through Ticketmaster (12/15 show), (12/16 show)

Cast members can access rehearsal schedules here.