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

Rated a “Best Bet for Holiday Entertainment in and around DC” this season by DC Metro Theater Arts!



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. December 6 – 5:30pm
(discounted ticket for working
dress rehearsal performance)

Sat. December 7 & 14 – 1pm & 5pm
Sun. December 8 – 1pm & 5pm
Sun. December 15 – 1pm

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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

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


The Nutcracker Suite, MBT’s shorter-length version of the classic Nutcracker ballet, will be performed December 7-8 & 14-15; please click here.  A sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker Suite will be offered on December 8th.



Guest Mother Gingers and “Day at the Ballet” events for the 2019 Season 

Several local celebrities, elected leaders, and MBT alumni have loaned their time and talent to MBT, as a guest Mother Ginger, in support of the arts in our community! We thank these generous guest 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. This year, we are partnering with other local nonprofit organizations in support of our shared community and highlighting those nonprofits through “Day at the Ballet” fundraisers and Mother Ginger guest roles.

  • Saturday, Dec 7, 1:00pm – Molette Green, News Reporter & Anchor, NBC4 Washington, as Mother Ginger
  • Saturday, Dec 7, 1:00pm – UMAC Day at the Ballet – supporting educational youth sports experiences
  • Sunday, Dec. 8, 10:00am – Sensory-friendly performance in partnership with TLC
  • Sunday, Dec. 8, 10:00am – Treatment and Learning Centers (TLC) Day at the Ballet – supporting improving lives and expanding possibilities for children and adults with special needs
  • Sunday, Dec. 15 1:00pm – Lesli Creedon, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, as Mother Ginger
  • Sunday, Dec. 15 1:00pm – Make-A-Wish Day at the Ballet – supporting wishes for children with critical illnesses


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 performances on December 8th at 1pm and December 14th at 5pm.   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 2019 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, as supplies allow. 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 21, 2019.

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 21, 2019
Seatings at 10am, 12pm, & 2pm.

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.