The Nutcracker School Shows 

About the Program

Endowed by Edie Rogat & Cotter Cunningham through the Ballet Austin Foundation

Each year over 13,000 Central Texas elementary school students and teachers attend Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker School Shows. The mission of these shows is to provide one act of a live ballet performance in a large theater at a minimal cost for local elementary-aged students. To enhance this live ballet experience, we also offer The Nutcracker Docent Program (see below), an optional in-school pre-performance educational program geared towards 3rd-graders that includes engaging activities for the classroom.

Additional Information

  • Admission is limited to elementary school students only (K through 5th grade) and their teachers and chaperones. No siblings younger or older than elementary age may attend. Chaperones must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Your group must have a minimum of 10 students and one teacher.
  • For student safety, all teachers and chaperones attending The Nutcracker School Shows must have a school ID or ID sticker from the school, and be present to help escort students to and from the theater. All other adults will not be allowed to enter the theater.
  • Individual tickets will not be sold for these performances. All tickets must be purchased through the school and all individuals must be included in the school’s attendance numbers. No tickets will be sold at the theater on performance days.
  • All reservations must be confirmed by Ballet Austin. After you submit this completed registration form, you will receive a confirmation and invoice with your attendance and payment information.

2019 Dates & Times

Each group is welcome to attend one act, either Act I or Act II. For groups wanting to attend both acts of The Nutcracker, please contact our Box Office at or 512.476.2163 for tickets to one of our public shows. Each act runs approximately one hour long. 

•    Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 10-11 a.m. (Act I) 
•    Tuesday, Dec 10, from 12-1 p.m. (Act II)
•    Wednesday, Dec 11, from 10-11 a.m. (Act I)
•    Wednesday, Dec 11, from 12-1 p.m. (Act II)
•    Thursday, Dec 12, from 10-11 a.m. (Act I)
•    Thursday, Dec 12, from 12-1 p.m. (Act II)


All performances take place at:

The Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 West Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

Ticket Prices (for one act of the ballet)

Minimum group size is 10 elementary-aged students. 

  • $5 per student
  • $4 per student for Title I Schools

Includes all teachers, administrators & chaperones.

  • 1 free adult chaperone per every 22 students
  • Additional chaperones are $25 each

Chaperone Policy: For the safety of the students, any chaperones without a school ID or ID sticker from the school will not be allowed into the theater. Chaperones who do not arrive in the school's vehicle will not be allowed to enter the theater unless the school notifies us ahead of time that chaperones are arriving separately and have already been counted in the seating totals.

Registration & Payment

Registration & Payment Deadlines

Note: Registration for this year is closed. Please check back here for information regarding The Nutcracker 2020 performances.

  • Wednesday, September 4: Registration opens for 3rd grade students at 10am
  • Monday, September 9: Registration opens for all other elementary grade levels and mixed levels groups.
  • Friday, October 25: Registration closes, and all registration changes are due. Attendance numbers are sent to the theater for seating on this date. If you submit changes after this date we cannot guarantee that your school will be seated together. Any changes submitted after this date that result in additional charges must be paid immediately with the school's credit card.
  • Friday, November 1: All payments due. If your school's payment is not received by this date, your School Shows spot may go to another school.
  • Monday, December 2: All outstanding payments due by 4:00pm.
  • Monday, December 9: If your school's payment is not received by this time, a $20 late fee per week will be added to your balance beginning on this date.

You will need the following information ready to provide when you sign up:

  • The grade level(s) of students attending the show
  • Total # of students attending
  • Total # of adults attending (this includes all teachers, aides, and any other adults necessary for chaperoning students during the show)
  • # of classrooms attending
  • Title I status for your campus
  • Preferred date and time of school show and any dates that you cannot attend due to other conflicts
  • # of students attending with special needs and their type of needs (Visual, Behavioral, Wheelchair, Hearing, etc)
  • Whether you will arrive in buses or cars
  • School contact information
  • Whether you would like to request a docent to visit your school beforehand. Please scroll down to read more about our free Docent Program

Payment Options

For more information please contact Community Education Administrator, Cassidy Schulze, by email or call 512.476.9151 ext. 158.

The Nutcracker Docent Program Overview

The Nutcracker School Shows Sponsor