Stephens Auditorium presents Iowa Youth Ballet's Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Ballet has come to life each year at Stephens Auditorium in Ames since 1981! Robert and Miyoko have served as the artistic directors since its inception. The ballet tells the story of Marie, her heroic Nutcracker prince, and the fantastic dream they share one Christmas Eve night. A cast of over 200 dancers, ages six through adult, come together from all over Central Iowa to rehearse weekends beginning in September, to present the ballet in mid-December. Professional dancers round out the cast in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Unique to this production of the Nutcracker Ballet are several dances not seen in other versions: Gum Drops, Candy Canes, Harlequins, Pralines and Cinnamon Sticks to name a few. In 2021, for the 40th annual Nutcracker, an elaborate new Battle Scene was introduced to the show, with the Mice and Soldiers and many new parts for younger children added. Choreographed by Award-Winning Maureen McGrath and assisted by Robert Thomas, this lengthened ballet scene is an exciting part to participate in. Be a part of the Nutcracker magic with The Iowa Youth Ballet and Stephens Auditorium!

Here is the link to the audition card:

40th Anniversary Celebration

Attention Nutcracker Alumni!

In 2021, we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Iowa State Center's The Nutcracker Ballet. We'd like to get in touch with past performers & participants to create a special presentation about our history! Please get in touch with us to learn more!! Please Share With Friends!