Saturday, December 21 at 1:00pm
Saturday, December 21 at 6:00pm

Please join us for a Q&A with the cast immediately following the Saturday matinee!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Family-friendly prices for the entire month of November. Prices listed at The O’Shaughnessy e-ticket site for November only (Click on the Buy Tickets button above.)

Full-priced Tickets in December $22-$44 Assigned seating.
Discounts for Students, Seniors, Military, Groups and St. Kate’s Alumni

2004 Randolph Ave | St Paul, MN 55105 |  Box office 651-690-6700

School Show Thursday, December 19 at 10:30-11:30am (1 hour version) for school-aged children and senior citizens at $4 per ticket. Please contact Andrea: alane@spballet.org  or 651-690-1588 to reserve groups.

T. MYCHAEL RAMBO, UNCLE D. IN A NUTCRACKER STORY

Be present with what you are seeing. Don’t go away — stay with us!”

The artistic team of T. Mychael Rambo, Lirena Branitski and Christina Onusko returns for a second year along with the addition of James Sewell. This veteran dream team brings their artistry and their creative “juice” to this classic performance. Be part of the joy and magic of the season in this retelling for young and old alike.

Snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, mice scurry and magic happens! At the stroke of midnight, the drama unfolds and Marie and her brother Frank travel to a world of colorful characters. 

Storyteller extraordinaire, T. Mychael Rambo is our guide to enchantment and the company of James Sewell Ballet delivers show stopping roles to Tchaikovsky’s layered and lush musical score.

The 85-minute length, plus intermission, is a perfect way to introduce children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Stunning sets and costumes and a cast of more than 80 dancers make A Nutcracker Story a must-see tradition for your family and friends.

Whether you are seeing it again or for the first time, make time for joy this season!

STORY

A Nutcracker Story is inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale of a little girl’s dream.
After the annual holiday party Maria and her brother Frank settle in for the night with a bedtime story from Uncle D.
Maria falls asleep and we are welcomed into her dreams to be swept along on a journey to the land of dancing snow and the kingdom where she meets dancers from across the globe, waltzing flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

GUEST ARTISTS

Uncle D
Regional Emmy Award winning actor, vocalist, arts educator and community organizer; T. Mychael Rambo has made an indelible mark here in the Twin Cities performing principal roles at such theaters as: Penumbra, the Guthrie, Ordway Theatre, Illusion Theatre, Mixed Blood, Park Square Theatre, 10,000 Things, Theater Latte Da, Children’s Theatre and Minnesota Opera to name but a few. Nationally and internationally his stage credits include Carnegie Hall and performances abroad in Africa, Europe and South America. He has appeared in local and national television commercials, feature films, HBO mini-series, and other television programming. T. Mychael is an accomplished residency artist and an affiliate professor in the College of Liberal Arts, Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. As a recording artist, T. Mychael has released two popular CD’s: “Simply” – a collection of jazz standards; and “The Gift; A Christmas With Love” – a selection of original and holiday classics. T. Mychael had the great honor of singing the National Anthem for both President Barak Obama and former President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Rambo is also the proud recipient of the 2010 Sally Award in Arts Educator – presented by the Ordway Theatre and the 2010 Minnesota Black Music Award. His other honors and awards include Young Audience Artist of the Year, McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship, Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship, Bush Finalist and both the University of Minnesota Century Council Community Award and Outstanding Community Service Award among others.

James Sewell Ballet
James Sewell is staging a new Act I for A Nutcracker Story. A Minneapolis native, Mr. Sewell moved to New York and studied at the School of American Ballet with David Howard, and began performing with ABT II. He was a lead dancer with Feld Ballets/NY for six years and has performed as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet, Zvi Gottheiner and Dancers, and Denishawn. He has choreographed more than 70 ballets for companies in the United States and around the world. Projects include the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, the New York State Council on the Arts grant to create “Independence In Dependence” for Feld Ballets/NY; “Aida” (1998) for the Minnesota Opera and 11 other opera companies; James Sewell Ballet’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” (1995); “Musical Toys” (1996) and “Nutcracker: The Untold Story” (1997) for the Minnesota Orchestra; and “She Loves Me” (2005) and “1776” (2007) for the Guthrie Theater.

Sewell’s stellar dancers, Chole Duryea, Da’Rius Malone, Andrew Lester, Stephanie Moffet-Hugg, and Arimee Gambill bring star power to the lead roles. Read about the dancers here.

Join us for FREE Sneak Peek

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:00am and 11:00am
Toddler Tuesday at the Mall of America
Join us in the magically decorated Sears rotunda at MOA. Enjoy excerpts from A Nutcracker Story and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy who will help you with a holiday craft to take home!

You can expect the best from St. Paul Ballet in its fifteenth holiday season!

Gift Boutique:
• Flowers for dancers
• SPB Wear including track jackets, t-shirts and tote bags
• Gift certificates

Take Your Photo with characters from A Nutcracker Story:
Use your camera or phone to snap photos with the characters in front of our decorated lobby tree following each show. Send us your photos to post on our Facebook page!