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A Roanoke Holiday Tradition
The Nutcracker

Southwest Virginia Ballet Returns LIVE for The Nutcracker 2021!

SVB is THRILLED to be back LIVE on the Berglund Center Stage for our 30th annual performance of The Nutcracker at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre!

The Nutcracker’s beautiful music, lush scenery, and lavish costumes perfectly complement E.T.A. Hoffmann’s timeless story. Patrons of all ages will have their imaginations sparked as a Christmas tree grows to huge proportions, mice and soldiers battle, and snowflakes whirl through falling snow.  Children will adore seeing candies and sweets from exotic lands come to life, and they will especially enjoy the gigantic Mother Ginger as she plays with her many gingerbread children.

The Nutcracker is sure to delight families as this century-old story becomes part of their holiday tradition.  Southwest Virginia Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker brings neighboring communities together in support of the performing arts and creates opportunities for youth to perform in the most well-known and beloved story ballet of all times, a dream come true for many residents as The Nutcracker is a core part of the region’s Christmas festivities.

Performances will be held on Saturday, December 11th at 3pm and Sunday, December 12th at 3pm.

A VIP Experience ticket is also available prior to both performances.  This VIP Experience include a pre-show view of cast members, stage, and backstage tour!  Come see how the magic happens!  Catch the ballerinas as they prepare for the performance, and chat with Clara, Drosselmeyer and other characters.  Come up on the BIG stage and peek at show preparations where the cast transforms themselves into soldiers, mice, and snowflakes!  Get a few dance tips from the artistic director, check out Clara’s sleigh an find out why Mother Ginger is so tall!  Limited availability.

All tickets are available through the SVB website (look for pop up), or tickets may be purchased directly at the Berglund Center Box Office.

The 2021 Nutcracker will not only feature our highly skilled Company Members, but many Community Members who will shine in rolls such as party parents, mischievous mice, soldiers, and those adorable reindeer!

SVB’s The Nutcracker is a Virginia’s Blue Ridge Holiday tradition and is the longest running in our region.  It is also beloved by our community, receiving recognition in The Roanoker Magazine’s Best of edition in 2018, 2019 and 2020 for Best Arts Performance!

We will continue to collaborate with Angels of Assisi to have an adoptable furry friend join us on stage.  NEW THIS YEAR, The Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir will be joining us as well!  Watch for this new addition!

Photos by DanMcDildaphotography.com

Nutcracker Auditions

Are you between the ages of 7-18 and want to audition to be part of Southwest Virginia Ballet’s 30 performance of The Nutcracker at the Berglund Center?  It’s a FUN experience to be part of such a BIG Professional performance!!! If so, auditions will be held on the dates below. 

**Please note, we may not be able to accept all auditioners.

Sunday, August 22, 2021, at Star City School of Ballet – Home of Southwest Virginia Ballet

1005 Industry Ave Bldg. 7 Roanoke VA  24016

This audition is for dancers who have been En Point for AT LEAST 2 years.  Registration begins at 2pm and auditions will start at 2:30pm, ending at 4:30pm.  Masks will be required at all times!  Prior to coming to studio, please complete 2 REQUIRED registration materials online:  Registration Form and Assumption of Risk Form.  Come at 2pm ready to dance in standard dance wear. Dressing rooms will not be available.  Water bottles are encouraged. Masks will be required for Parents and Guardians as well within the building.

Sunday, August 29, 2021, at Star City School of Ballet – Home of Southwest Virginia Ballet

1005 Industry Ave Bldg. 7 Roanoke VA  24016

This audition is for dancers aged 7 – 18.  Registration begins at 2pm and auditions will start at 2:30pm, ending at 4:30pm.  Masks will be required at all times.  Prior to coming to studio, please complete 2 REQUIRED registration materials online:  Registration Form and Assumption of Risk Form.  Auditioners should come at 2pm ready to dance in standard dance wear. Dressing rooms will not be available.  Water bottles are encouraged. Masks will be required for Parents and Guardians as well.  Younger dancers will finish up earlier than older dancers, but specific times will not be given.  Parents of younger dancers should stay near the studio.

Nutcracker Dancer Audition Registration

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2 comments
  • November 2020 Newsletter – Christina Nifong November 23, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    […] This filmed version of the ballet classic will showcase not only the amazing dancers from Southwest Virginia Ballet, but also beloved icons of the city of Roanoke — places you might want to […]

  • The Magic of ‘The Nutcracker’ – Christina Nifong November 23, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    […] In this most heartbreaking of years, she will become the Sugar Plum Fairy, tapping into her talent, her grace, her heart to delight theater fans across Southwest Virginia and beyond. […]

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Dec. 11-12 at The Berglund Performing Arts TheatreThe Nutcracker Tickets at the Berglund Center!

Southwest Virginia Ballet’s 30th annual LIVE performances of The Nutcracker 2021 at The Berglund Performing Arts Theatre will be held on December 11 at 3pm and December 12 at 3pm.

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