Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Kent Stowell

Scenic and Costume Design: Maurice Sendak

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Featuring the PNB Orchestra under the direction of Emil de Cou


December 7 – 29, 2012

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109


SEATTLE, WA —Since its premiere in1983, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Stowell & Sendak Nutcracker has been Northwest families’ favorite way to celebrate the holidays. This marvelously imagined production, created by PNB Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell and author/illustrator Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), features over 200 dancers, gigantic moving sets, snowfall at every performance, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score performed live by the mighty PNB Orchestra. PNB’s nationally acclaimed Nutcracker returns to Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall for 30 performances, December 7 through 29, 2012. Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online, or in person at 301 Mercer St. A limited number of tickets are also available through Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or online at No other outlets are authorized to sell Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker tickets.



Pacific Northwest Ballet can proudly lay claim to one of the world’s most recognized and celebrated productions of Nutcracker. Combining Kent Stowell’s charming and dramatic choreography with magnificent sets and costumes by Maurice Sendak, Nutcracker premiered to national acclaim on December 13, 1983. Drawing on E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Stowell and Sendak delved deeply into the original story and infused the ballet with a drama and strength that fully complements Tchaikovsky’s classic score. The following year saw the publication of Nutcracker, a new edition of the original Hoffman story with illustrations by Sendak, that remained on The New York Times’ Best Seller List for eight weeks. In 1986 a feature-length film of the Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker was released nationwide, however audiences and critics universally agree that PNB’s stunning production is best viewed live on stage. With its vast array of roles danced by PNB’s professional dancers and students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Baby Mice can dream of one day being Party Girls, Soldiers, Chinese Tigers, Snowflakes or Flowers, and, ultimately, the lead roles of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince.



Day Date Times
Friday Dec. 7 7:30 pm
Saturday Dec. 8 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday Dec. 9 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Friday Dec. 14 7:30 pm
Saturday Dec. 15 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday Dec. 16 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Tuesday Dec. 18 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Wednesday Dec. 19 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Thursday Dec. 20 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Friday Dec. 21 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Saturday Dec. 22 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday Dec. 23 1:00 pm &5:30 pm
Monday Dec. 24 2:00 pm*
Wednesday Dec. 26 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Thursday Dec. 27 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Friday Dec. 28 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Saturday Dec. 29 1:00 pm

* “Nutty” Nutcracker performance: Music or scenes might be altered. Caveat emptor!




Ticket range: $25 – $130, depending on performance and seating section. ($22 – $118 for children 12 and under. All ages require a ticket for admission, including babes in arms.)  Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

  • Online
  • Phone: 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am–6pm; Sat.      10am–5pm)
  • In Person: 301 Mercer Street, Seattle (Mon.-Fri.      10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)


A limited number of Nutcracker tickets are available through Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or online at Tickets are also available – subject to availability – 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall, located at 321 Mercer Street. No other ticket outlets are authorized to sell Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker tickets.


McCaw Hall is located on the Seattle Center campus at 321 Mercer Street. Parking is available directly across the street at the Mercer Garage. Visit for parking and driving directions, and visit for up-to-the-minute traffic and weather conditions.




Opening Weekend Festivities!

December 7, 8 & 9, kick off the holidays with our festive lobby activities including crafts, mini-dance classes, roaming magicians, Nutcracker characters, and carolers—all FREE for ticket holders! Guests arriving early for any of the five opening weekend performances will enjoy this joyous celebration in the splendor of McCaw Hall, shimmering with holiday décor and a soaring 20-foot tree. Pre-performance festivities begin one hour before curtain.


PNB Nutcracker Brunch

Join the PNB League at 9:30 am on Saturday, December 8 for a fun-filled holiday event designed for younger children and their families. Enjoy activities for kids, a delicious brunch and a special Nutcracker-themed mini-performance to delight the young and young-at-heart. Brunch tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office by calling 206.441.2424. For more information about this annual sell-out event, e-mail Events@


Say Cheese, Please!

Year after year, thousands of Nutcracker attendees have chosen their favorite spot in McCaw Hall’s lobby—in front of the 20-foot tree, on the Toy Theater stage, or with one of our giant Nutcracker characters—to snap their precious moments with friends and family. From little girls in velvet dresses to multi-generational families in matching Santa sweaters, submit your memorable snapshot to be posted in a Facebook photo album; our fans will vote to select their favorites. Four lucky winners will each receive four tickets to PNB’s production of Roméo et Juliette (Feb. 1-10) or Swan Lake (April 12-21); four runner-up winners will each receive two tickets to PNB’s Family Matinee production of Hansel & Gretel (March 17-23)! Visit for contest rules.


Listen to the Ballet…and Play the Instruments

PNB partners with 98.1 Classical KING FM to bring listeners some of history’s most popular ballet scores, featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra direct from McCaw Hall. Tune in for a live broadcast of Nutcracker on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 pm. Only on KING FM, 98.1 fm or online at
Classical KING FM and Music Center Northwest will also host their popular Instrument Petting Zoo at Nutcracker matinees on December 8, 9, 15 & 16. Stop by and get a feel for the instruments that make Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score come to life!


Deck the Halls with Boughs of Newsprint

All of the entries in the Seattle Times’ “Setting the Stage” coloring contest will be on display at McCaw Hall through the run of Nutcracker and one entry will win a magical weekend for four, including Nutcracker tickets, overnight accommodations at Maxwell Hotel, dinner at Ivar’s Acres of Clams, and an autographed Nutcracker poster! Check copies of the Seattle Times from November 11 through 18 for contest characters and entry form.


More, More, More

Visit for fun stuff for kids and FAQs for their parents.


Eats & Treats in the Nutcracker Suites at McCaw Hall!

Avoid the lines and bustle of the lobby and enjoy a special experience at intermission! The Allen Foundation for the Arts Room on the fourth floor of McCaw Hall will be transformed into a holiday wonderland for guests to enjoy after the first act:


Date Night Nutcracker Suite: At all 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm performances

Waiting for you and your date will be champagne, custom holiday cupcake flavors such as ‘champagne,’ ‘bourbon’ and ‘pumpkin’ by Trophy Cupcakes and a holiday appetizer buffet by Executive Chef Shawn Applin. The Date Night Suite is the perfect way to complete your Nutcracker Experience! $20 per person (plus applicable tax and service charge) welcomes you to a magical intermission experience. (NOTE: Nutcracker performance tickets sold separately.) To purchase, visit “Reservations” or call 866.973.9610.


Family Matinee Nutcracker Suite: At all 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm performances*

*excluding Saturday, December 8

Waiting for you and yours is a range of activities: Trophy Cupcakes’ Nut-Suite Sprinkle Station where you can create your own custom cupcake; Hot Cocoa Station to mix and match marshmallows and toppings; Dress-up and photo booth to become characters from the show; and a holiday appetizer buffet by Executive Chef Shawn Applin. And don’t fret: coffee and champagne will be available for adults. The Family Matinee Suite takes the stress out of intermission. $15 per person (plus applicable tax and service charge) welcomes you to a magical intermission experience. (NOTE: Nutcracker performance tickets sold separately.) To purchase, visit “Reservations” as above or call 866.973.9610.




Teen Tix

PNB is a proud participant of Seattle Center’s Teen Tix program. Teen Tix members may purchase tickets to the Thursday, December 27, 5:30 performance of Nutcracker, on a first-come, first-served basis, day-of-show only. No Teen Tix “parent/companion tickets” are available for this performance. To learn more about Teen Tix, visit


Bring a Group to Nutcracker and Save!

From a familial flock of 15 to a throng of 3,000 of your closest comrades, PNB’s Nutcracker is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season! Bring a group of family, friends, co-workers or clients and receive 10-15% off regular Nutcracker prices, depending on date, time, and section. In addition to outstanding savings with customized promotion codes, groups receive personal ticketing assistance, the opportunity to book a backstage tour, and access to McCaw Hall reception facilities that may be rented for private parties. For more information, contact Julie Jamieson at 206.441.2416 or JulieJ@


Student Matinees

Each year PNB invites students in grades K – 12 to experience the magic of the theatre by attending reduced-priced school matinees. PNB’s Community Education department also offers in-school pre-performance workshops which include exploration of movement, the story of the ballet, and an up-close look at costumes. School performances of Nutcracker are completely sold out: Teachers seeking information on performances of other PNB productions, or how to arrange pre- or post-performance in-school workshops should call Ana Maria Campoy at 206.441.2415.


Additional offers and special promotions will be announced on an ongoing basis. Become a fan of PNB on Facebook and be the first to know about promotions, videos, ways to save, and more!


Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker is made possible by supporting sponsors the Snoqualmie Tribe Foundation, Bank of America, and Puget Sound Energy. Media support for Nutcracker is provided by The Seattle Times and KOMO 4. PNB’s 2012-2013 40th Anniversary Season is proudly sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. Additional season support is provided by Artsfund, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture – King County Lodging Tax.


Schedule and programming subject to change.

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