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The nutcracker

7:00pm December 21, 2019
1:00pm December 22, 2019


With Topeka Symphony Orchestra

Join Clara’s adventures with the Nutcracker Prince, his army of toy soldiers, and their plan to defeat the evil Mouse King!  Enjoy this dazzling holiday classic, performed with live musical accompaniment by Topeka Symphony Orchestra.  Each year, we are proud to feature student dancers from Kansas Ballet Academy along with visiting guest artists from renowned companies such as Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Ballet West.

2019 Featured guest artists


Oscar Sanchez is in his fifth season with The Washington Ballet. Sanchez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1991 and started training at the age of 15 at The National Ballet School “ENA”. After graduation, Sanchez continued onto The National Ballet of Cuba where he danced many roles, including Hilarion from Giselle, Mazurka in Coppélia, Majisimo and others. In 2014 he arrived in the United States. He has proudly been a part of The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami as principal guest artist where he danced Le Corsaire pas de deux, Les Sylphides, Diana and Acteon,Spring Water pas de deux, as well as many other ballets. In 2014 he joined Columbia City Ballet as a principal dancer where he performed in Dracula, The Nutcracker, and Cinderella. In January 2015, he received the Award for “Best Dancer of Miami” at the Miami Life Awards. Sanchez has performed in international ballet galas in ballet festivals in Panama, Costa Rica, and Miami. Photo by XMB Photography.



Kateryna Derechyna of Ukraine is in her seventh season with The Washington Ballet. She trained at the Odessa Ballet Academy under Elvira Karavaeva where she performed at the Odessa Ballet Opera house. Derechyna won first place in The International Competition in Kiev and Youth America Grand Prix. After performing with the Youth American Grand Prix she was awarded a full scholarship to the Harid Conservatory. Upon graduation from Harid, she danced for the Columbia Classical Ballet, Carolina Dance Theatre, and Grand Rapids Ballet Company. Derechyna’s repertoire includes Gordon Peirce Schmidt’s Petra, The Tempest, Rite of Spring, and Firebird among others. She has performed principal roles in George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Who Cares?, Valse Fantaisie, Serenade, Theme and Variations along with contemporary works by Septime Webre, Twyla Tharp, Trey Mclntyre, Christopher Wheeldon, Olivier Wevers, Jiří Kylián, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Lew Christiansen, Christopher Bruce, Val Caniparoli, and Amy Seiwert. Photo by XMB Photography.​


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visiting artist program

Our visiting artist program is made possible by funding from Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as hospitality sponsorship from Ramada Topeka, Downtown Hotel & Convention Center. These local partners help us bring world-class guest artists to Topeka, and we appreciate all that they do for our community.

Topeka Performing Arts Center

Tickets are available through the Topeka Performing Arts Center box office (11 am – 6 pm M-F) or online via Ticketmaster.

Cast members can access rehearsal schedules here

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