The Nutcracker in Kingston, ON

Libretto and choreography by Andrei Litvinov

Kingston Grand Theatre, Rosen Auditorium

218 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L 1B2, Canada • Box Office: (613) 530-2050

Dec 05
6:30 PM


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Step into Clara's world and immerse yourself in a delightful Christmas party that promises to unfold into a truly magical experience.

As the night grows late and everyone else has retired to bed, a wondrous transformation begins. In the enchanting realm of this performance, you will witness the splendor of Tchaikovsky's iconic score, which weaves its melodic tapestry throughout the ballet, setting the stage for Clara's extraordinary journey.

The music will transport you to a realm where dreams come to life and the spirit of the holiday season dances in the air. As Clara's adventure unfolds, you will be captivated by the battle between her enchanted Nutcracker and the formidable Mouse King.

Prepare to hold your breath as the tale takes an unexpected turn, leading Clara and her loyal companion into a mesmerizing world beyond imagination.

  • How long is the duration of the show?

    Looking forward to catching a specific show but unsure about its runtime? Don't worry, we've got you covered! To find out the exact length of the show, simply give the theatre a call on the day of the performance! Their friendly staff will be more than happy to provide you with all the details you need.

  • What time do doors open?

    Doors open approximately 60 minutes before the start of the show! But remember, this time may change without notice. For any updates or additional information, feel free to give our friendly Box Office a call. Don't miss out on the excitement, we can't wait to welcome you!

  • The Age Suggested

    The Age Suggested for the Performances: 3+ Looking for a family-friendly show that everyone can enjoy? Look no further! We are thrilled to announce that our upcoming performance is suitable for children aged 3 and above. Don't miss out on this opportunity to bond with your family.


“The Nutcracker” is a famous ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” It premiered on December 18, 1892, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Although the initial reception was mixed, “The Nutcracker” has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed ballets worldwide, particularly during the holiday season.

The ballet is typically divided into two acts, with three main scenes in each act. The first act sets the stage for the magical journey, taking place on Christmas Eve at a festive gathering. The character Drosselmeyer, a toymaker and magician, plays a prominent role in orchestrating the magical events. The children, including Marie
(also known as Clara), eagerly anticipate the arrival of Christmas gifts and the enchantment that accompanies the holiday season.

Principal Dancers


  • Viktoria Suhostavskaya

  • Alexey Chorich

  • Daria Dubrovina

  • Alina Veretina

  • Andriy Trunov

  • Daria Konstantinovska

  • Daria Kravchenko

  • Daria Kuha

  • Dmitriy Sitkevich

  • Ekateryna Shmihelska

  • Elena Badalova

  • Elena Sitkevich

  • Elizaveta Khomenko

  • Euhenia Alipova

  • Iryna Avramenko

  • Ivan Kovalenko

  • Ivan Shunkin

  • Julia Bielan

  • Maria Davydova

  • Maria Lolenko

  • Maria Reshetnyk

  • Sergey Badalov

  • Taisiia Shevchenko

  • Zlata Mynchenko


  • CAEI creates visually stunning productions that enchant and captivate audiences by combining timeless scores, impeccable dancing, hand-painted sets, and exquisite hand-crafted costumes. The choice of timeless scores ensures that the music accompanying the ballets resonates with audiences, evoking emotions and enhancing the overall experience. Impeccable dancing is a crucial aspect of CAEI's performances. The company's dancers are undoubtedly skilled and trained to execute classical ballet's intricate and demanding choreography. Their talent and dedication bring the movements to life, conveying the grace, precision, and beauty that are trademarks of the art form. In addition to the dancing, the hand-painted sets contribute to the overall visual splendor of CAE's productions. These carefully crafted backdrops create immersive environments that transport the audience to different worlds, enhancing the storytelling and adding depth to the performances. The exquisite hand-crafted costumes further elevate the productions. These meticulously designed and tailored garments enhance the visual appeal and contribute to the dancers' characterization. The costumes are vital in conveying the narrative and improving the aesthetic experience. Through its attention to detail and commitment to excellence, CAEI brings the magic of classical ballet to life on stage. Its visually stunning productions, combined with the artistry and skill of its dancers, create an enchanting experience for audiences.
  • Classical Arts Entertainment has significantly impacted ballet enthusiasts across the United States and Canada. With over a decade of experience and a rich history of over 20,000 shows, the company is dedicated to excellence, as seen in its meticulous approach to performance. The company features amazing principal dancers such as Maria Lolenko, Alexsandr Litvinov, Ilona Baitler, and Sergey Zdansky, bringing breathtaking moments of classical masterpieces to life.
  • Doors open approximately 60 minutes before the start of the show! Please make a note that this time is subject to change without notice. For any additional information, feel free to give the theater Box Office a call. 📞
  • Why do babies and children need a ticket to a ballet show? Have you ever wondered why babies or children need a ticket to go to a ballet show? Ballet shows are not just for grown-ups. They can also be amazing for our little ones! Here's why babies and children need their own tickets: 1. A special experience: Ballet shows are a treat for the senses! The graceful movements, beautiful music, and stunning costumes make a magical world for both young and old. With their own ticket, babies and children can fully experience the wonder and beauty of the show. 2. Their own seat: Having a ticket means babies and children have their own seats. This ensures they have a comfortable and safe place to watch the show without being disturbed. It also helps the organizers arrange the seats properly. 3. Safety first: Ballet shows have limited space to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment. By requiring tickets for babies and children, event organizers can control the number of little ones in the audience, making it a safe and fun experience for everyone. 4. Supporting the arts: Buying a ticket for a baby or child doesn't just get them into a beautiful show. It also supports the arts. Your help keeps ballet companies, theaters, and artists going, so they can keep making amazing shows for years to come. So, next time you're thinking of going to a ballet show with your little one, don't forget to get them their own ticket! Let's make great memories and encourage a love for the arts in our children from an early age!
  • The choice is entirely up to you! When attending a traditional ballet performance, it presents a wonderful chance to dress up and embrace your sophisticated side. A large number of our guests appreciate wearing formal attire for this special occasion. Nonetheless, if you prefer a more relaxed and comfortable style, that is absolutely acceptable as well! Be reassured that you won't be the only one, as our main focus is to guarantee you have a pleasurable experience, regardless of your chosen outfit.
  • Planning to catch a show at the theatre? Wondering about the bag policy? 🤔 Here's what you need to know! Most theatres have a bag policy in place to ensure the safety and comfort of all patrons. While specific policies may vary, it's generally recommended to bring a small bag or purse that can fit comfortably under your seat. Large backpacks or bulky bags are often not allowed inside the auditorium. Remember, the bag policy aims to enhance your theatre experience and maintain a secure environment for everyone. So, before you head out to enjoy a performance, double-check the theatre's website or contact their box office for the most up-to-date information regarding their bag policy.
  • Camera Policy Update: No Photo Shooting or Video Recording during the show. 🚫 Hey everyone! We wanted to take a moment to inform you about an important update to our camera policy here at Classical Arts Entertainment. Effective immediately, we kindly request that there be no photo shooting or video recording during the show. While we encourage capturing special moments, this policy aims to ensure the quality and privacy of our video content. By refraining from taking photos during video recordings, we can minimize distractions and maintain a professional atmosphere. This policy applies to all team members and guests who participate in our video production process. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in adhering to this camera policy. If you have any questions or need clarification, please reach out to the theater Box Office.
  • Join us for a truly enchanting experience during the theater's intermission! Indulge in a 20-minute break filled with delectable snacks and rejuvenating drinks at our concession stand. Treat your taste buds while basking in the magic of the performance. But that's not all! Please take a moment to explore our merchandise table, where you'll find an array of top-notch branded t-shirts, elegant ballet ornaments, and captivating ballet-themed souvenirs. And here's the cherry on top! Immortalize this unforgettable experience by taking a professional photo with one of our talented ballet dancers. Time flies, so return to your seat promptly for the second act. Don't miss a single moment of this extraordinary performance! See you at the theater!
  • Attention all ballet lovers! Get ready for an unforgettable experience at our upcoming show! We are thrilled to announce that during the one-hour before the show start, during 20 minutes intermission, and immediately after the show, you will have the incredible opportunity to take photos with a talented ballerina! Capture the magic of this moment and create lasting memories with a professional photographer. For just $25 per photo, you will receive a beautifully printed 8 x 10 size photograph. But wait, there's more! As an added benefit, you will also receive a digital link on Google Drive with several photos, allowing you to share these precious moments with your family, loved ones, and friends! Don't miss out on this amazing chance to meet a ballerina up close and personal, and take home a stunning keepsake from the show.
  • We are thrilled to announce that the program for our upcoming performance is now available in PDF format on our website. Simply head over to to find it and get a sneak peek into the mesmerizing world of our show! But wait, there's more! On the day of the performance, we will also have a QR code displayed in the theater lobby. Simply scan the code with your smartphone to instantly access the program. No more worrying about losing or forgetting your physical program. Now, it's easier than ever to stay connected and immerse yourself in the magic of our production. Get ready to be captivated by the enchantment of the stage! Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to enhance your theater experience. See you there!
  • If you are late for the show, our staff will help seat you during a suitable break in the performance. This is to minimize disruption for the audience and performers, allowing you to join the ballet experience smoothly. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the showtime to fully enjoy our unforgettable productions.

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Join us for the most anticipated performance of the year and experience the full program of The Nutcracker like never before! Discover the genius behind the melodies as we delve into the life and works of the renowned composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Meet our brilliant artistic director, who brings this timeless ballet to life with their exceptional vision and creativity. Marvel at the grace and precision of our talented dancers as they take center stage and transport you to a world filled with wonder and enchantment. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to witness the magic of The Nutcracker!

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