First Coast Nutcracker

Jacksonville Symphony's First Coast Nutcracker has been a tradition in North Florida for over 40 years. Under the direction of choreographer and artistic director, Rhonda Stampalia, the First Coast Nutcracker showcases internationally renowned principal dancers, our area's finest young dancers, and Tchaikovsky's best-loved melodies performed by the Jacksonville Symphony. Add beautiful costumes, amazing sets and a magical Christmas tree that grows to 33 feet and you have an especially enchanting production. From education to entertainment, The First Coast Nutcracker impacts the surrounding community on many levels.

About the First Coast Nutcracker

The combination of Tchaikovsky’s engaging music played by the Jacksonville Symphony illustrated with lively choreography, noted guest artists, beautiful costumes and fabulous sets contribute to a grand introduction to classical music and dance for young people and quality entertainment for adults. Four full-length performances will be offered in the Moran Theater.
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Entertainment for All Ages

The combination of Tchaikovsky’s engaging music played by the Jacksonville Symphony illustrated with lively choreography, noted guest artists, beautiful costumes and fabulous sets contribute to a grand introduction to classical music and dance for young people and quality entertainment for adults. Four full-length performances will be offered in the Moran Theater.

Embracing our Artists of the Future

The First Coast Nutcracker stages the production of a world-class ballet which allows more than 180 young community dance students the unique opportunity to work with renowned choreographers, attend professionally supervised weekly classes to learn repertoire and to perform in a full-length ballet with internationally known guest artists accompanied by live music from the Jacksonville Symphony.

Inspiring Young Minds

The educational performances of the First Coast Nutcracker provide an opportunity for over 7,500 students to attend special performances offered for school children at greatly reduced prices. In addition, an educational guide is provided for each student prior to attending a performance. This booklet is designed as a resource for teachers to introduce students to the symphony, the ballet and instructions on how to be a good audience member. The Educational Guide is also made available to all children attending any of our public performances and may be used to guide children through the performance.

A Community Service Program

Making the Ballet accessible to as many families as possible is a commitment held by the First Coast Nutcracker. Each year 1250 community service tickets are given to deserving families throughout the First Coast region. These recipients are families who would otherwise be unable to attend without assistance. Additionally, any students that an attending school deems unable to pay for the educational performances are granted admission free of charge. This mission continues to be vital to the First Coast Nutcracker as it is important for all to have the opportunity to experience the wonder of music and dance.

Auditions

Auditions for the First Coast Nutcracker will be held August 20 - 21, 2021. Details below! Questions? Contact Linda Holmes at 904.358.3716 or [email protected].
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Educational Performances

The Jacksonville Symphony’s First Coast Nutcracker Ballet offers a wonderful way to learn while enjoying quality entertainment just days before the holiday break in December!
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Group Tickets

Are you interested in bringing a group? Groups with 10 or more guests get 20% off! Contact Christina Reyes, Sales Manager, at [email protected] or get more information about groups below.
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The First Coast Nutcracker is firmly based in providing performance and educational opportunities for the young people in our community. The fully staged school programs at deeply reduced prices offer teachers the ability to introduce the beauty of symphonic music enhanced by the fully staged ballet with beautiful scenery and costumes.  Tickets are also made available to community service organizations and make it possible for families to attend who otherwise would not be able to.  Your support is greatly needed to help defray the costs of providing these services to our community.

Jacksonville Symphony's First Coast Nutcracker Is Sponsored By

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Please consider making a donation to First Coast Nutcracker.  Your generosity would be greatly appreciated and will be noted in our program. Make checks payable to "First Coast Nutcracker Ballet" and mail to: First Coast Nutcracker Ballet, 300 Water Street, Suite 200, Jacksonville, Fl 32202.