The Nutcracker

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MBT’s 29th annual production of The Nutcracker will be performed December 1-3 and 8-10, 2017 at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. (online sales will close 1 hour prior to each performance time or as tickets sell out).


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  ………………Video: MBT’s 25th Annual Production of The Nutcracker, 2013



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!

Fri. December 1 & 8 – 7:30pm

Sat. December 2 & 9 – 12pm & 4pm

Sun. December 3 & 10 – 1pm & 5pm

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(Stay for post-performance “patch chat” for Girl Scouts and other students with cast members after shows on 12/2 12pm & 4pm; 12/3 5pm; 12/9 12pm.)

Performance Location:

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

Ticket Prices:

$18 for groups of 10+ in advance
$19 for seniors & students in advance
$23 for general tickets in advance
$26 for all tickets at the door

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


Celebrity Guest Mother Gingers for the 2017 Season 

Part of our mission is to reach beyond our walls to bring the arts to everyone who wants to participate!  Several local celebrities and elected leaders have lent their time and talent to MBT in support of the arts in our community! This year, several leaders from the Arts community and Education community in Montgomery County will be joining our cast!  We thank these generous new cast members for supporting MBT’s efforts to reach new audiences and promote awareness for the importance of arts education and links to art in various sectors of the community.

  • Fri, Dec 1, 7:30pm – Gazelle Hashemian, BlueFlower, Arts Supporter at Holton Arms
  • Saturday, Dec 2, 12pm – Tony Spearman-Leach, Director, Montgomery Community Media
  • Saturday, Dec 2, 4pm – Michael J. Bobbitt, Artistic Director, Adventure Theatre-MTC
  • Friday, Dec 8, 7:30pm – Jacqueline Manger, Board of Directors, Adventure Theatre-MTC
  • Saturday, Dec 9, 4pm – Tony Spearman-Leach, Director, Montgomery Community Media
  • Sunday, Dec 10, 1pm – Eliot Pfanstiehl, CEO, Strathmore


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” after the show on December 2nd at 12pm or 4pm, December 3rd at 5pm, or December 9th at 12pm.  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 2017 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 enjoy a shorter-length version of the classic Nutcracker tale? Please join us for The Nutcracker Suite, December 16-17.

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The Nutcracker Suite is a new addition to MBT’s December production season!  Geared to ages 3-6, audience members can get close to the performers and meet them after the show! Performances are held at the intimate 60-seat MBT Black Box Studio Theater. Each performance will last under 1 hour.

December 16-17

1pm & 4pm

MBT Black Box Studio Theater

220 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg


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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.