The Cast’s First Time Seeing The Nutcracker

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NYCCT's My First Nutcracker is designed as an introduction to the holiday classic for our youngest audience members - but when did our cast see The Nutcracker for the first time?
Creative Clubhouse KIDS

We asked the cast:

Tell us about your first time seeing The Nutcracker

The first time I saw The Nutcracker was probably when I was about 7 and my dance studio was putting it on. I was absolutely obsessed with it and loved all the different parts and characters. I auditioned the next year and was in it for the next 5 years after that!

Kalia Burrett

Clara Marie

The first time I saw the Nutcracker was when I performed the roles of Spanish & Toy Soldier in high school.

Nick Alselmo

Nutcracker and Others

The first time I saw a full Nutcracker was seeing all my friends perform in one when I was in high school. Now they will see me perform in my own first Nutcracker!

Kaylin Johnson

Dewdrop Fairy and Others

My first seeing the nutcracker I was 14 it was my teachers old studio where she trained it was beautiful it was that The Kings Nutcracker

Samuel St. Juste

Cavalier and Others

My mom could tell I had an interest in dance and one day when I was in second grade, she saw a contest to win tickets to see the local dance studio’s production of The Nutcracker – and she won! We went and the minute I got home I started to recreate the dances I saw that evening. It even started snowing when I got home as I was recreating the Waltz of the Snowflakes. I started taking dance lessons at that studio shortly thereafter and by the next year, I was playing Fritz in that same production. (I have a deep sense of gratitude to Ms. Beth Fecteau and Ms. Theresa who were my first dance teachers and cast me in this production!)

Kyle Marra


I actually don’t remember my first time seeing it, I was in it starting at 5 years old!

Alex Oliva


My First Nutcracker

You’re invited to Clara-Marie’s holiday party! Join Clara-Marie and the Prince as they travel to a magical kingdom filled with sparkling skies, dancing flowers, and a pesky mouse king in this interactive holiday classic reimagined for your youngest theatergoers!

Adapted for young audiences by Barbara Zinn Krieger and directed and choreographed by Melissa Riker, NYCCT’s hit dance theater production invites the audience to join in the fun and will have the whole family dancing along! This must-see holiday show returns to Theatre Row this holiday season!

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