The Savannah Ballet Theatre will perform the quintessential holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” Dec. 1.

Set in 1940’s Savannah, the production will include 75 cast members from the community. New York City-based, Emmy Award-winning set designer George McGarvey returns for another year to help set the stage for Ciara as she helps the Nutcracker battle the Mouse King, then travel through the Land of Snow to meet the Plum Fairy.


Established in 1998, the Savannah Ballet Theatre is the city’s only professional dance company having been a recipient of a project grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts for the past eight years.

“When we started we were just 'The 'Nutcracker,' and now we are a full season of performances,” Advancement Director Abby McCuen said.

The Savannah Ballet Theatre is the only dance company in the southeast using projected backgrounds and has sold out every production of "The Nutcracker" since 2013. This is the 20th anniversary of their performance of this ballet.

“I am really proud of how far we’ve come,” McCuen said. “We’re grateful for the city of Savannah for supporting us for 20 years and coming back year after year.”

Each performance will have a free meet-and-greet with characters after the show in the Lucas Theatre lobby.

The Savannah Ballet Theatre will also present a special outreach performance on Nov. 30 for students K-12. Student tickets cost $5 and teachers are free. For more information, contact Abby McCuen at 912-897-2102.