‘Nutcracker’ Set to Launch Nevada Ballet Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Smith Center has been dark during the pandemic, but is set to reopen on September 14.

By Jason R. Latham

Las Vegas has long been a destination for music legends looking to stage a comeback. That was true before the coronavirus and it will stay true for years to come.

As comebacks go, however, we weren’t counting on Tchaikovsky. Yet here he comes.

Nevada Ballet Theatre will bring the Russian composer’s perennial holiday classic The Nutcracker back to The Smith Center for the Performing ArtsDecember 11-26 — as it kicks off its 2021-22 season and the ballet’s 50th anniversary celebration. Those December dates will include three weekends, with a Christmas Eve performance on Friday, Dec. 24.

The Nutcracker joins previously announced shows, including Very Vegas Holiday and performances by Clint Holmes, Giada Valenti, and Frankie Moreno, among others, on The Smith Center’s December schedule.

50th Anniversary Year

When the calendar flips to 2022, Nevada Ballet Theatre will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the New Works Program, two world premiere ballets, on February 5. The company has also circled May 14 for its one-night-only 50th Anniversary Gala, with performers to be announced at a later date, and it will close out the season with three performances of Carmina Burana (with music by Carl Orff and choreography by Nicolo Fonte) on May 20-22.

Subscriptions to the full 50th Nevada Ballet Theatre season can be purchased on the company’s website, and individual show tickets will go on sale at The Smith Center box office in September.

Road to Reopening

The Smith Center has been dark during the pandemic, but is set to reopen for performances beginning September 14. Upon reopening, guests will be required to show proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and wear a mask at all times while indoors.

Guests age 12 or older that have not been vaccinated will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test that was taken within six hours of the performance they’re attending, or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance.


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