Frisch's Presents The Nutcracker



Who: Choreography by Victoria Morgan; Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone | Scenic Design: John Ezell | Costume Design: Carrie Robbins | Lighting Design: Trad A Burns
What: The thrilling Technicolor holiday extravaganza loved by Cincinnati, generation after generation. 
Where: The Aronoff Center for the Arts
When: December 19-27, 2014

Cincinnati's favorite holiday tradition.

In a world where sugarplums dance, rats are kings and toys come to life, one little girl goes on the adventure of a lifetime through the Land of Sweets. But is it all a dream? There's only one way to find out. Accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's iconic score, Frisch's Presents The Nutcracker, presented since 1974, is Cincinnati's favorite holiday tradition. Revel in the magic as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince meet exciting characters, absorb the bright colors of the favorite divertissements and enjoy the classic adventure of The Nutcracker.

Left to right: Sarah Hairston & Romel Frometa; Cincinnati Ballet dancers; Rodrigo Almarales & Jacqueline Damico | Photography: Peter Mueller
Critic's Corner:
Julie Mullins, CityBeat: "...Nutcracker brims with the light, bubbly joy of a glass of champagne."

David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer: "...downright spectacular...enchanting, entertaining, captivating, occasionally eye-popping."

Friday, December 19 - 7:30 pm Tuesday, December 23 - 2:00 pm SP
Saturday, December 20 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, December 23 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 20 - 7:30 pm Friday, December 26 - 2:00 pm SP
Sunday, December 21 - 1:00 pm Friday, December 26 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 21 - 5:30 pm Saturday, December 27 - 2:00 pm
  Saturday, December 27 - 7:30 pm
*SP denotes Sugar Plum Parade: Take a walk across the stage to see the sets, costumes and dancers up close!


Week 1 Dec 19
7:30 pm
Dec 20
2:00 pm
Dec 20
7:30 pm
Dec 21
1:00 pm
Dec 21
5:30 pm


Zack Grubbs Romel Frometa James Cunningham Zack Grubbs Romel Frometa
Snow Queen Sarah Hairston Venus Villa Gema Diaz Janessa Touchet Maizyalet Velazquez
Snow King Romel Frometa Rolando Sarabia James Gilmer Cervilio Miguel Amador Zack Grubbs
Sugar Plum Fairy Janessa Touchet Melissa Gelfin Courtney Connor Jones Venus Villa Abigail Morwood
Cotton Candy Cavalier Cervilio Miguel Amador Rodrigo Almarales Zack Grubbs Rolando Sarabia Yosvani Ramos
Nutcracker Prince Taylor Carrasco James Ferguson Alex McCleery Taylor Carrasco James Ferguson
Clara A. Manguiat R. Gibbon A. Manguiat A. Manguiat R Gibbon
Mouse King Rodrigo Almarales James Gilmer Yosvani Ramos Rodrigo Almarales James Gilmer
Week 2 Dec 23
2:00 pm
Dec 23
7:30 pm
Dec 26
2:00 pm
Dec 26
7:30 pm
Dec 27
2:00 pm
Dec 27
7:30 pm


James Cunningham Romel Frometa James Cunningham Romel Frometa James Cunningham James Cunningham
Snow Queen Gema Diaz Maizyalet Velazquez Sirui Liu Venus Villa Janessa Touchet Sirui Liu
Snow King James Gilmer Zack Grubbs James Gilmer Rolando Sarabia Cervilio Miguel Amador James Gilmer
Sugar Plum Fairy Courtney Connor Jones Janessa Touchet Sarah Hairston Abigail Morwood Venus Villa Sarah Hairston
Cotton Candy Cavalier Zack Grubbs Cervilio Miguel Amador Romel Frometa Yosvani Ramos Rolando Sarabia Romel Frometa
Nutcracker Prince Alex McCleery Taylor Carrasco Alex McCleery James Ferguson Taylor Carrasco Alex McCleery
Clara A. Manguiat R. Gibbon R. Gibbon A. Manguiat R. Gibbon A. Manguiat
Mouse King Yosvani Ramos Rodrigo Almarales Yosvani Ramos James Gilmer Yosvani Ramos Yosvani Ramos

*casting is subject to change without notice

View the 2014 Nutcracker Kids Cast

2014 Nutcracker Kids Cast  


12.21.14 - Cincinnati Enquirer: This 'Nutcracker' anything but routine
12.18.14 - Cincinnati Enquirer: In hectic 'Nutcracker,' a chance to shine
• 12.18.14 - Cincinnati Enquirer: 'Nutcracker' gets a hip-hop boost
• 12.17.14 - Cincinnati Refined: Inside the Studio with Cincinnati Ballet's Nutcracker
12.17.14 - The List: Putting On The Nutcracker 
12.16.14 - City Beat: Holiday - The Nutcracker
12.16.14 - NYC Dance Stuff: Frisch's Presents The Nutcracker Performed by Cincinnati Ballet
12.13.14 - Local 12: The Cincinnati Ballet gives a preview of The Nutcracker
• 11.18.14 - CB News Release: Cincinnati Ballet Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Frisch's Presents The Nutcracker
• 11.12.14 - CB News Release: Cincinnati Ballet Debuts Nutcracker Performance Hosts
• 10.27.14 - CB News Release: Local Children Perform in Cincinnati Ballet's Frisch's Presents The Nutcracker


Title Sponsor 

Student Matinee Sponsor
The H.B., E.W., F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-trustees

Costume Sponsor 
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Frisch's Presents The Nutcracker PRODUCTION SPONSORS
Frisch's, The H.B., E.W. & F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees  

Frisch's Presents The Nutcracker CAPITAL SPONSORS

Frisch's, The Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank Trustee and PNC, Great American Insurance Group, Sheakley, The Anonymous Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Eleanora C. U. Alms Trust, Fifth Third Bank Trustee, James J. & Joan A. Gardner Family Foundation, Sue & Bill Friedlander, Gannett Foundation, The Kroger Company Foundation, Doris M. & Charles B. Levinson Fund, The Louise Taft Semple Foundation, The Corbett Foundation, The Thomas J. Emery Memorial, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Procter & Gamble, Rosemary & Mark Schlachter



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