Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents THE Nutcracker


The Jefferson Performing Arts Society returns to the Jefferson Performing Arts Center for the first time since before Hurricane Ida with The Nutcracker for two shows only on Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19 at 2:00 p.m.

The ballet will feature live music from the JPAS Symphony Orchestra playing the beloved familiar music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, based on ETA Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and The Mouse King.

The ballet is directed by Kenneth Beck and choreographed by Kimberly Matulich-Beck with the Jefferson Ballet Theatre. This is JBT’s third annual collaboration with JPAS and its 15th annual Nutcracker production. Director Kenneth Beck says, “It just wouldn’t be the holidays without The Nutcracker. It’s been part of my Christmas season for four decades, as a dancer, choreographer, and most recently as co-director of ballet with my wife, Kimberly. Today, The Nutcracker has taken on a new meaning. In our ever-changing world, it is a symbol of coherence and unity. Nutcracker dancers and audiences need to experience something normal despite the pandemic and other disruptions. We all deserve the comforts of a beautiful, traditional vacation getaway. Please join us!” We all deserve the comforts of a beautiful, traditional vacation getaway.

To purchase tickets over the phone, call the Jefferson Performing Arts Society box office at 504-885-2000. To purchase tickets online, visit

Holiday e-cards are also available for this and other upcoming JPAS productions. Click here to purchase the theater giveaway this season:


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