Metropolitan Ballet Theatre produced the World Premiere of Becoming Sugar Plum in March 2016.


Becoming Sugar Plum, an original fairytale ballet from Metropolitan Ballet Theatre:

“Before she ruled the Kingdom of Sweets as the Sugar Plum Fairy, she was the sweet Princess Plum from Fairyland. One mystical dream, one dangerous journey, and one very courageous dance leads the Princess to her destiny as an admired, kind ruler.

You’ll meet the beautiful fairies from Fairyland, the unpleasant King Dross and creatures from the Bitter Land, and the worried prince from the Land of Sweets. It is brave Princess Plum’s fate to bring these lands together.”


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Audiences proclaimed adoration for this original ballet, and the production received a 5-star review from DC Metro Theater Arts.

“…graceful, elegant, unbelievable, beautiful, stunning, unreal, adorable, and WOW!” -DC Metro Theater Arts

“…fascinated by the whimsical and dark aspects.” – Town Courier



Story by Elizabeth Odell Catlett and Heather Katz
Choreography by Elizabeth Odell Catlett and Katerina Rodgaard
Original Composition by Alexandra T Bryant
Lighting by Lynn Joslin

World Premiere Performances were held:
March 18 – March 20

Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center

Rockville, MD

Click here to view the playbill for MBT’s World Premiere of Becoming Sugar Plum.




Perform this ballet with your studio or company:

“I urge all ballet companies to produce this wonderful new work and make Becoming Sugar Plum a new holiday tradition.” – DC Metro Theater Arts

The story, score, synopsis, and choreography of Becoming Sugar Plum are protected by copyright laws.  For information about licensing this original work from MBT and related partners for your dance company, please email Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s Executive Director: The score runs 85 minutes without pause.

Purchase the storybook:

Becoming Sugar Plum storybooks are available for retail purchase at MBT, and may also be available in larger quantities at discount pricing for you to sell at your studio, toystore, or bookstore. The authors may be available for signing events. Please email the author for details at