The Nutcracker

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Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker is a fun family tradition that will lift your spirits this holiday season!



Video: The Nutcracker Homecoming with MCM & MBT, 2016


Metropolitan Ballet Theatre has been presenting the full-length traditional staging of The Nutcracker in Rockville at Montgomery College since 1989.  Year after year audiences are enchanted by MBT’s performances which feature student and professional dancers, fabulous costumes, and beautiful scenery – including a Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, magical dancing dolls, marching toy soldiers, giant mice, a dazzling blizzard with dancing snowflakes and a land of luscious sweets.

“Breathtaking, fascinating, and thought-provoking, The Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker was a joy from start to finish.” -DC Metro Theater Arts.  Click here to read the full 5-star review!

Performance Dates:

Fri. November 30 – 5:30pm
(sneak peek 30th anniversary opening night
working dress rehearsal performance)

Sat. December 1 & 8 – 1pm & 5pm
Sun. December 2 & 9 – 1pm & 5pm

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Performance Location:

Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center
Montgomery College
51 Manakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850

Ticket Prices:

$19: groups of 10+ in advance
$24 for seniors/students/children in advance
$28 for adult tickets in advance

$31 adult tickets at the door
$27 seniors/students/children tickets at the door

Online sales will close 1 hour prior to each performance time or as tickets sell out.

Stay for post-performance “patch chat” for Girl Scouts and other students with cast members after select shows!


For information about The Nutcracker Suite, MBT’s shorter-length version of the classic Nutcracker ballet, to be performed Dec 1 & 8, please click here.



Celebrity Guest Mother Gingers for the 2018 Season 

Several local celebrities and elected leaders have loaned their time and talent to MBT in support of the arts in our community! This year, in celebration of MBT’s 30th Anniversary performing season, several alumni from MBT will be joining our cast!  We thank these generous alumni cast members for supporting MBT’s efforts to reach new audiences and for continuing to promote awareness for the importance of arts education in our community.

  • Saturday, Dec 1, 1pm –
  • Saturday, Dec 1, 5pm –
  • Saturday, Dec 8, 1pm –
  • Sunday, Dec 9, 1pm –


Theater Information:

•The lobby opens one hour prior to performance time.

•The theater doors open 30 minutes prior to performance time.

•No food or drink is permitted into the theater, but refreshments are permitted in the lobby.

•Every person (including infants) must have a ticket, per fire marshal regulations.

•Refreshments and small gifts are available for purchase in the lobby.

•Flowers for your favorite cast member are available for purchase in the lobby.

•There is plenty of room in the lobby if your child needs a little break from the performance.

•Seating is available for people with disabilities; please speak with an usher.

•Our production of The Nutcracker lasts approximately two hours with a 15-minute intermission.

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Attention Girl Scouts!

Earn your Nutcracker Patch by attending one of our special Girl Scout performances. Stay in your seats after the performance for our “Patch Chat” on December 1st, 2nd, and 9th after the 1pm performances.   Click here for more info.

(Troop leaders, please note that official GSCNC Nutcracker patches can be ordered only by you through the Council. MBT’s 2018 commemorative Nutcracker patches are permitted on the back of your smock/sash and are currently available for preorder with your tickets, or will be available for purchase in the lobby. Patches are 3.5″ diameter and are not included in the ticket price. Pre-orders of patches for your group can be arranged to have patches waiting for you at the performance if you like!)

Want to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and some of the characters from the Kingdom of Sweets? Please join us for MBT’s annual Sugar Plum Ballet Tea Party, December 16, 2018.

Meet characters from the ballet.

Dance in an exciting ballet class with characters from the ballet.

Make a fun craft.

Enjoy a sweet treat and snacks.

December 16, 2018

Seatings at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm.

Each seating lasts approximately 60-75 minutes.

Tickets: $20/child. Adults admitted free of charge. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

MBT Black Box Theater
220 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877


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Please click here for information about how to sponsor MBT’s programming or advertise in the playbills for MBT’s performance season, which includes The Nutcracker, The Nutcracker Suite, a Spring Ballet, and our Gala. For additional sponsorship and recognition opportunities, please click here.