Nutcracker Ballet
Charlotte, NC
December 10, 2021


Who isn’t charmed by Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic, The Nutcracker Ballet?  On Christmas Eve, the child Clara receives a beautifully carved Nutcracker as a gift from her godfather.  During the night she returns to the parlor to check on her treasure and falls asleep with the nutcracker in her arms.  As the clock strikes midnight, she dreams that the Nutcracker transforms into a life-sized prince and fights an invading army of mice!  The Mouse King is defeated when Clara throws a slipper, hitting him on the head. Clara and the handsome prince then travel to the Land of Sweets which is being ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy until the Prince’s return. Clara awakens from her dream, once again in the parlor by her own Christmas tree, holding her nutcracker.

NCHE has been able to obtain a limited number of tickets to the Charlotte Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, to be performed in the Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, for Friday, December 10.  The  performance begins promptly at 10 a.m..  We must be in our seats by 9:30 a.m.–so plan to be parked no later than 9.  Tickets ordered by 11:59 pm on Thursday, September 30 cost just $12.25!  Tickets purchased October 1 through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 4 will be $17.75 while supplies last.  Tickets are transferable to others for the same day’s performance but are non-refundable.  NOTE:  Due to fire codes, every person (even lap babies) must have a purchased ticket so the theater is always able to tell the first responders how many to account for in an emergency situation.

COVID POLICY:  While we have taken enhanced safety measures, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place. The CDC advises that senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions are especially vulnerable. By participating in this field trip, you voluntarily assume all risk related to exposure of COVID-19. Prior to the field trip, you will receive an email with a COVID-19 self check form. To see the NCHE COVID-19 checklist now, please click here.  We will be seated as one “school” with an empty row before and behind our section to account for social distancing; there will be NO empty spaces within our group.  Masks will be required.   NOTE: As of September 24:  The Charlotte Ballet informed NCHE TODAY that all guests, regardless of age, will need to provide proof of vaccination OR a negative Covid test no more than 72 hours old. Updated final policies will be provided no later than Friday, November 12. If you are unable to comply with these new protocols a refund will be issued.  Subject to change by governing agencies.

Questions? Contact NCHE Activities Director Evelyn Bickley at

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