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The nutcracker

7:00pm December 17, 2022

1:00pm December 18, 2022



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.

2021 Featured guest Artists (2022 announced soon!)


Kathryn Morgan began studying ballet at age three at Mobile Ballet in Mobile, Alabama. Kathryn attended the summer program at the School of American Ballet in 2004 and enrolled as a full time student that fall. She joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice in June of 2006 and became a member of the corps de ballet of the Company in February of 2007. In October 2009, Kathryn was promoted to soloist. She left the company due to an autoimmune illness in 2012. She has since regained her health and currently performs, teaches, and speaks around the country, runs a highly successful YouTube channel, her podcast “The Kathryn Morgan Show”, writes a column for “Dance Spirit Magazine”, is the creator of the the “Kathryn Morgan Scholarship“, “Kathryn Morgan Collection” and “Kathryn Morgan Haul“, and is a judge and master teacher for the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition. She joined Miami City Ballet in May 2019.

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Sean Rollofson is from Redmond, Wash. and began attending Pacific Northwest Ballet School at age seven, then summer courses at the National Ballet School in Toronto and on scholarship at the School of American Ballet. Mr. Rollofson joined PNB at age 18 as an apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009. He joined BalletMet in 2017. Other accolades include, creating leading roles in Elizabeth Wistrich’s Bowed Piano and Geoff Gonzales’s Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, being featured in the Starz mini drama series “Flesh and Bone” as a season regular, collaborating on Find Your Fifth DVD, playing the soloist part of Slave Master in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and playing Diesel in Asolo Rep’s Westside Story. He also guested at The Kennedy Center, dancing Don Quixote Grand Pas de deux and Romeo and Juliet’s Balcony pas de deux, both with former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan for “Bloch’s Evening with Kathryn Morgan.” Furthermore, Mr. Rollofson danced in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.


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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

Buy tickets for:
Saturday, 12/17 7:00pm

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