Outreach & Education The Nutcracker

School Performance Information

The Charleston Ballet will offer performances for THE NUTCRACKER on the following dates:

December 12
December 13

11:00 a.m
The ballet will be approximately 1 ½ hours long

Maier Performance Hall at the Clay Center


We are currently taking school reservations for each NUTCRACKER performance and for the CLAY CENTER’S AVAMPATO DISCOVERY MUSEUM TOUR. Download Brochure

The NUTCRACKER/CLAY CENTER’S AVAMPATO DISCOVERY MUSEUM tour package is reserved through the Clay Center and admission is $11.00 per student (tour package is for the NUTCRACKER and galleries only). For those attending the ballet only, the admission fee per student is $5.00. (1 chaperone allowed free for every 10 students). Teachers are included in this number and will be admitted to the ballet without charge. Additional chaperones will be charged. THE PHYSICS OF DANCE, outlining some curriculum goals and objectives is available here.. Public performances with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for THE NUTCRACKER will be December 8 at 7:30 p.m. and December 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Reservations and payments for the school performances are made through the Clay Center.

Call the Clay Center at 304-561-3562 or e-mail at groupreservations@theclaycenter.org .

Refunds will be issued ONLY if the school day has been canceled and announced by the county and ONLY if the school can not attend a rescheduled performance, if deemed necessary by the performing organization.


The Charleston Ballet will present special student performances of THE NUTCRACKER on December 6-7, 2017 at 11:00 am. In the Maier Performance Hall at the Clay Center.

The beloved and immensely popular ballet, THE NUTCRACKER, never fails to dazzle adults and children alike with its magic and adventure and promises to be an unforgettable experience.

The beautiful snow scene, lavish Land of the Sweets with the dance divertissements for other countries, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, charm and entertain audiences all over the country at holiday time. Don’t miss this opportunity for your students to experience a live dance performance!

Building on the success and popularity of “My Town” and “Ashton’s Climbing Sculpture” that debuted last Thanksgiving, the Clay Center will introduce three new hands-on, minds-on exhibits this holiday season:

  1. Water Works: This exhibit features engineering and water phenomena activities such as turning a large water wheel to generate “electricity”, opening and closing a dam’s water gates to control the flow of water into the river, guiding boats through a lock system, blocking, releasing and re-routing water, and many other activities that make exploration exciting and accessible.
  2. Healthy Me: This exhibit provides a safe environment for students to test their physical skills and help them learn why regular physical activity is essential to their health. It promotes an understanding of the science behind nutrition and exercise, as well as positive attitudes and healthy behaviors related to fitness, nutrition, and the mind-body connection.
  3. Music Studio: This exhibit focuses on the connection between the arts and the sciences. From understanding math fractions to making a rhythmic base for a composition, seeing soundwaves in action and working with others to create a musical masterpiece, the Music Studio is a magnet for exploration and creativity with built-in learning of fundamental concepts of science, technology and mathematics.

Attend both the Ballet and Clay Center Galleries as a tour package or you may make reservations for your group to attend a single event.

Call the Clay Center at 304-561-3562 or e-mail groupreservations@theclaycenter.org. Make reservations early for your school!

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