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MBT added our popular short-length version of this classic holiday tale to our season at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in 2018! For the 2019 season, The Nutcracker Suite will be performed December 7-8 & 14-15. Tickets will go on sale October 1st. (online sales will close 1 hour prior to each performance time or as tickets sell out).


Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker Suite is a perfect, shorter-length introduction to the theater and ballet, geared to young audiences! 



Metropolitan Ballet Theatre has been presenting the full-length traditional staging of The Nutcracker since 1989.  We introduced The Nutcracker Suite in 2017 to sold-out audiences at MBT’s Black Box Theater, and took it to the larger stage with our 30th annual season at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in 2018!

Only four performance times are available for The Nutcracker Suite, which is geared to younger audiences. These will sell out quickly!

Each performance of The Nutcracker Suite will last under 45 minutes with no intermission.


Sat. December 7th – 10am

Sun. December 8th – 10am*

Sat. December 14th – 10am

Sun. December 15th – 10am

*12/8: Sensory-friendly performance.
See below for details.

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Performance Location:

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

Ticket Prices:

$18 ea: Groups of 10+ in Advance
$23 ea: Adults in Advance
$19 ea: Children/Students/Seniors in Advance
$26/$23 ea: At the Door (if available)



Theater Information

  • The lobby opens 60 minutes 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.
  • 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 Suite lasts approximately 45 minutes with no intermission



    Sensory-friendly performance: December 8 at 10:00am

MBT is proud to offer a sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker Suite for children, families, and adults with sensory sensitivities, autism spectrum disorder, other special needs, or anyone who may benefit from being in a more relaxed environment. Appropriate changes will be made to this performance to create a welcoming and safe space for all in attendance.  If you have any questions or suggestions for our production team to make this performance as welcoming as possible, please let us know.

  • Reduced sound levels throughout the performance
  • House lighting will remain on, at half level
  • House rules will be relaxed – you may get up and move around, leave the house if needed, talk freely
  • Devices may be used for therapeutic/communication uses (no photos of performance, please)
  • Performance will be sold to only half-capacity, allowing patrons to choose their seats and have space to move around
  • Extra volunteers will be in the theater to assist with any additional seating needs or to help you find an exit if needed during the performance
  • Although this performance is adapted specifically to accommodate individuals with sensory sensitivities, the general public is welcome

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.