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 2016 production of “The Nutcracker” will take the stage at the Crown Complex Theatre. Performance dates are:

Sunday, December 4th,
Saturday, December 10th,
and Sunday, December 11th.

Special Scout seating and pricing is available: see below.

This year marks is the 40th 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.

backdrops from local artists

“The Nutcracker” has two backdrops painted by local artists, featured for the first time during the 2015 performances. 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 1st, 2016. They may be purchased at the Crown Complex Box Office or through Cape Fear Tix. You may contact the Crown Complex Box Office at (910) 323-5088 for ticket information.

The price is $20.00 for general seating.
Military personnel receive a discounted ticket of $18.00 at the Crown Complex Box Office with ID.
Child tickets are $7.00.

An application for preferential Scout ticket pricing can be found here.


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 2th and Monday, December 5th for Cumberland County students, and Friday, December 9th for all regional and area schools.

Admission is $7.00 for students; teachers and school staff are admitted free. Please contact our office at (910) 485-4965 to schedule your class’s attendance.