Nutcracker HHD 590 KELLIE MCCANN PHOTOGRAPHYThe Hilton Head Dance Theatre will present the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, at the Seahawk Cultural Center for six shows only opening Friday, November 15thand running through Sunday, November 24th.


With instantly recognizable music by Tchaikovsky, and the charming story by E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker has become synonymous with the holiday season. The Hilton Head Dance Theatre first presented this classic on Hilton Head Island in 1985, and in the years since, these holiday productions have delighted tens of thousands of residents and visitors alike.  At the helm for each of these productions have been Artistic Directors Karena Brock-Carlyle and her husband, John Carlyle.  

The ballet tells the story of a young girl named Marie who is given a magical nutcracker as a Christmas gift. She faces the comically frightening Mouse King (Philip Ingrassia) before setting out on a journey through the Snow Forest and then on the Land of Sweets.  

For this year’s production, Sophia Nimmer and Jamal Edwards and Brittany Hanna and Samuel Chester will dance the Grande Pas de Deux. Mackenzie Starnes and Brittany Hanna will share the role of the Snow Queen dancing with Jamal Edwards and Samuel Chester as the Snow King.  Also featured will be Anna Pellicci and Sophia Nimmer sharing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Sharing the role of the Dew Drop Fairy are Julie Geiger and Anna Pellicci.

The host of the elegant Christmas party in Act I will be Guest Artist Danny Tidwell. Mr. Tidwell is best known for being the runner-up on Fox’s third season of So You Think You Can Dance.

Show times are 7:30 on November 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd and 2:30 on November 17thand 24th.  Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors (60 and over) and $15 for children 18 and under. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.hiltonheaddance.comor call (843)842-3262.