Performing Arts

‘Nutcracker’ ballets and a play arrive for the holidays

Miami City Ballet’s magical production of George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’ will play the Broward Center and the Arsht Center.
Miami City Ballet’s magical production of George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’ will play the Broward Center and the Arsht Center. Daniel Azoulay

The holiday season brings different versions of The Nutcracker (here are the details on three), as well as concerts by two groups of young artists, the Miami Music Project’s orchestras and the Miami Children’s Chorus.


With the holidays on the horizon, can The Nutcracker be far behind? Of course not.

Miami City Ballet’s beautiful production of the George Balanchine version of the ballet will be at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Dec. 11-13. Then it travels to Miami’s Arsht Center and the Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Dec. 17-24. Tickets at both venues are $25 to $89. Call 954-462-0222 or visit for Fort Lauderdale tickets and the performance schedule; 305-949-6722 or for Miami tickets. (For a post-holiday experience, see it at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach Dec. 27-29; call the ballet box offic at 877-929-7010 for information.)

Arts Ballet Theatre will perform its version of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Vladimir Issaev and featuring Mary Carmen Catoya as the Sugarplum Fairy, Dec. 11-13 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura, and Dec. 18-20 at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $40 in Aventura, $15-$40 at the Parker ($125 for the benefit gala performance Dec. 18). Call 305-948-4777 or visit

A different version of the story, Mouse King, runs Dec. 10-13 at the Mandelstam Theater, 8530 SW 57th Ave., South Miami. The musical tells the Nutcracker story from the point of view of the mice, and it’s a collaboration between Noel MacNeal and composer-director Jim Camacho. Tickets are $20, available at


▪ Miami Music Project launches its four-performance Winter Concert Series by its children’s orchestras Dec. 12-17. The Little Havana Chapter performs at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. The Little Haiti Chapter plays at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Toussaint L’Overture Elementary, 120 NE 59th St., Miami. The Doral Chapter performs at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at John I. Smith Middle School, 5005 NW 112th Ave., Miami. And the festival finale by the Liberty City chapter is at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Charles Drew K-8 Center, 1775 NW 60th St., Miami. A donation of $5 is suggested. For information, call 786-422-5221 or visit

▪ Miami Children’s Chorus will perform its Voices of Angels holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the First United Methodist Church, 536 Coral Way, Coral Gables. Admission is $25 ($10 for children 5-18). Call 305-662-7494 or visit