the north carolina state ballet “nutcracker”

In the season of wonder, tradition and fun, it is that special time of year when “The Nutcracker Ballet” comes to the Crown Complex in Fayetteville.

The North Carolina State Ballet’s full 2015 production of “The Nutcracker” will take the stage at the Crown Complex Theatre. Performance dates are:

Sunday, December 6th,
Saturday, December 12th,
and Sunday, December 13th.

This year marks is the 39th consecutive year of “The Nutcracker” in Fayetteville.

Directed by Charlotte Blume, the cast of 60 dancers and actors will bring the familiar story and music to life. Leading the cast will be guest artists.

new backdrops

“The Nutcracker” has two new backdrops. A backdrop for Act II has been designed and painted by local artist Cindy Slappey, along with her former art student, Caroline Geiger. It shows the entrance to the “Land of Sweets” and the Castle of the “Sugar Plum Fairy.” The Act I backdrop was designed by Jennifer O’Kelly of O’Kelly Design Studios. O’Kelly is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and has produced backdrops for several venues, including the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, PBS’s “Great Performances,” and the Toronto International Ballet.

the story of the nutcracker

The ballet is set in the 19th century and tells the story of “Clara”, who receives an enchanted “Nutcracker” from her godfather Drosslemeyer and then embarks on a magical journey. She travels from the terror of the “Mouse King” to a romantic odyssey with the “Nutcracker Prince” to the “Land of Snow” and to foreign lands in the “Kingdom of Sweets”.


The businesses and individuals supporting “The Nutcracker” can be found on our Sponsors page.


Tickets for “The Nutcracker Ballet” will go on sale October 15th, 2015. They may be purchased at the Crown Complex Box Office or through Cape Fear Tix.

The price is $19.00 for general seating.
Military personnel receive a discounted ticket of $17.00 at the Crown Complex Box Office with ID.
Child tickets are $6.00.


Curtain time is 3:00 p.m. for each show.

school performances

In addition to the three public performances of “The Nutcracker”, the North Carolina State Ballet will offer three school performances on Friday, December 4th and Monday, December 7th for Cumberland County students, and Friday, December 11th for all regional and area schools.

Admission is $6.00 for students; teachers and school staff are admitted free. Please contact our office at (910) 485-4965 to schedule your class’s attendance.