In 1992, five talented determined choreographers gathered around a table, put in $100 each and created Community Nutcracker, Inc. Dulce Anaya, Beth Marks, Debbie Peters, Bambi Phillips and Mark Spivak envisioned an organization which would produce The Nutcracker Ballet utilizing local talent, maintaining a high level of artistic quality.view >>
More than 4,300 local and 36 professionals have performed in 95 live, full-length performances of The Nutcracker Ballet. Julie Kent of The American Ballet Theatre, who later became a world famous ballerina, starred in the very first production at The Florida Theatre in 1992.
Approximately 60,000 students from area schools; 36,000 clients and patients of local nonprofit, community service organizations; and nearly 182,400 guests of all ages have attended performances since 1992.view events >>
In the past 24 years, Community Nutcracker has donated a total of $500,000 to local charities. In addition, Nutcracker dancers have performed and made appearances all over Jacksonville at events such as ArtsWalk, Christmas in Avondale, and Christmas in San Marco Square as well at locations such as: Orange Park Mall, The Avenues Mall, The St. Johns Town Center and Riverside Arts Market.view outreach >>
Tickets available beginning October 1, 2016 at the Florida Theatre box office or online!
Since 1992, Community Nutcracker has evolved into a treasured holiday tradition in Jacksonville, Florida. Over 200 local performers are involved to produce an artistic masterpiece that embodies the act of giving during the holidays, while bringing the community together in a whimsical, imaginative Christmas celebration of elegant dance and storytelling.
The philanthropic foundation of the Community Nutcracker simply put, is to spread Christmas cheer to all corners of our city, including to those who may not have the opportunity to enjoy a full length ballet.
A Community Service Night performance is held where approximately 1900 free tickets are issued to various Jacksonville agencies, organizations, non profits and nursing homes to attend a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet. Proceeds from the production are also donated to other local nonprofits, with over $500,000.00 donated to date.
Become part of the magic and support the arts and local talent of Jacksonville, who express their love for performance by sharing it with others. By attending the performance, you’ll discover that the power of the Nutcracker isn’t just a fairytale of love, loyalty and courage. The dedication and hard work of the company shines brightly on stage, bonding the community during the holidays to give to those that need holiday cheer the most.