While the 2020 production of The Nutcracker will look different due to COVID restrictions, the tradition continues….

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” by DC Metro Theater Arts!

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Metropolitan Ballet Theatre has been presenting the full-length traditional staging of The Nutcracker at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center 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. The 2020 season will be very different due to COVID restrictions, but MBT is thrilled to be able to keep the tradition and magic of The Nutcracker alive during this challenging time for all arts organizations. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the season!

Covid-compliant Season Performances:

Outdoors: November 7 & 8
At the Chrysalis
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods
Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD

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From home: available approx. December 10.
Via Digital Video Link
(filmed at the historic Weinberg Center for
the Arts, Frederick, MD)

Tickets for November 7-8: Very limited. Please click here for reservations.

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Click here to reserve your video link

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Ticket Prices: MBT, and the arts in general, have been drastically impacted by COVID-related closures. Please consider donating the value of MBT’s regular season ticket prices: $28 adults, $24 students, or more if you are able. All proceeds support MBT’s ability to continue to offer educational and performance programming – in-person and virtually – during this time. We are thankful to be able to bring a little of magic of The Nutcracker to our MBT community this season.

November 7-8 at the Chrysalis: “Donate-what-you-Can.”  

Filmed Production – released on or about December 10th: “Donate-what-you-Can.”  Please complete this form to reserve your video links. 

Venue Information: The Chrysalis

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times by all individuals to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19. All patrons must wear a mask; the cast and staff will also be wearing masks.
  • Tickets for MBT families/friends MUST be reserved online here for tracking purposes and are not available by phone or at MBT’s Box Office. Please share these COVID-related protocols with your guests prior to the performance. If you have questions, please contact Brenda Lipowsky at brenda@mbtdance.org. All patrons will also be emailed a copy of the protocols prior to the performance weekend.
  • All patrons (all ages) must be ticketed for contact tracing requirements, and we must have full names and contact info for every patron in your group. Ticket transfers must also be recorded in advance for contact tracing purposes. Patrons whose names are not on a will-call ticket list, or who are not wearing masks, will not be admitted to the venue.
  • Tickets are priced at “donate-what-you-can.” MBT, and the arts in general, have been drastically impacted by COVID-related closures. Please consider donating the value of MBT’s regular season ticket prices: $28 adults, $24 students, or more if you are able. All proceeds support MBT’s ability to continue to offer educational and performance programming – in-person and virtually – during this time. We are thankful to be able to bring a little of magic of The Nutcracker to our MBT community this season.
  • Patrons must sit in household groups in painted squares on the lawn; low-back chairs and blankets are permitted, a limited number of picnic tables are available at the back of the lawn for family groups who need that option. All seating is general admission and seating for each performance is limited to 170 patrons total. Patrons are encouraged to dress for the weather, as they would at an outdoor fall sporting event.
    Lawn opens to patrons 30 minutes prior to performance time; all tickets must be pre-purchased for admittance. All individual patrons, including children/infants, must be on a will call list for admittance.
  • Restrooms on site are portable restrooms; hand sanitizer use is required.
  • Weather dates will be held on November 14 & 15 for these performances, in the case of rain or if the temperature is predicted to drop below 40 degrees. Patrons will be notified if any performance date/time will be moved to a weather date.
  • Please CAREFULLY read the liability waiver from the Inner Arbor Trust (operator of the Chrysalis) and Howard County, MD, which you must accept to reserve tickets.
  • All rehearsals were conducted in a COVID-compliant environment, including mandatory wearing of masks.

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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.