ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The beloved family tradition returns to Roanoke, as Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet returns to The Jefferson Center on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

This marks the 31st annual North American tour of this beloved family tradition, created by world-renowned ballet virtuosos that brings together and illuminates the finest in the field. This year’s production showcases a record number of international talent, starring principal dancers from the great opera houses of Ukraine and 40 world-class artists from Japan, Italy, Turkey and more.

“The international scale of the production is truly unique. With Artistic Direction from the birthplace of classical ballet in Kyiv, Ukraine to rising ballet capitals around the world we have built a world class team,” says Dan Talmi, Executive Producer of Talmi Entertainment and the son of co-founders Mary Giannone and Akiva Talmi. “We’re the only nationally touring Nutcracker production, so we strive to top ourselves each year. There is a sense of pride and responsibility when it comes to this show. It has become a holiday tradition in households across the country and our team works year round to give audiences the best of everything – the best talent, production value, costumes – you name it.”

The 2023 production holds exciting surprises as it introduces a fresh character and incorporates innovative new choreography that blends classical ballet with cutting-edge circus techniques. The exciting addition to the Nutcracker story is the introduction of a new character called The Herald. He represents the spirit of the forest and plays a vital role in the narrative by announcing the arrival of the Nutcracker’s heroes and leading a celebration in Clara’s honor. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Special pricing is available for groups. Call 800-320-1733 or email