The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker

For the first time ever, “The Nutcracker” will be presented at the Steven Tanger Performing Arts Center, as its historic home, the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem, begins its long-anticipated renovation.

Performed annually since 1966, the ballet features hundreds of UNCSA students who are the dancers, musicians, theater designers and technicians who bring this beloved holiday tradition to life. Ilya Kozadayev’s original choreography captivates and delights audiences of all ages. Fans especially adore our dear Mother Ginger and the boisterous opening party scene. This fantastical winter wonderland unfolds against the lighthearted melodies of Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, performed live by the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra, this year conducted by Chancellor Brian Cole. This performance will fill your heart with joy and your family with festive new memories to cherish for years to come.

Tanger Center for the Performing Arts

“The Nutcracker” at the Tanger Center

Experience the lush score, vivid staging and extraordinary performances that have made our UNCSA production a beloved holiday tradition.

2023 production information

Test your skill with a "Nutcracker" memory game

Nutcracker snowflakes

How quickly can you match the cards below, featuring behind the scenes glimpses of past years' productions? Jot down your score, then challenge a friend!


"The Nutcracker" — An original film

Premiered in December 2020, watch our 30-minute film.

The Nutcracker
Nutcracker Virtual Backgrounds
Nutcracker virtual background

Spread the magic of "The Nutcracker" with custom virtual backgrounds for your next class or meeting.