The Oklahoma Nutcracker


The Oklahoma Nutcracker is the Norman Ballet Company's unique rendition of the world's classic holiday ballet.  
Since its premier in 2002, the Oklahoma Nutcracker has become an annual holiday event in Norman, attracting a statewide audience. Featuring original choreography and professional guest artists, the ballet is based on historical Oklahoma characters and themes of nature, while maintaining the traditional story and score of the Nutcracker ballet.  

Set on Christmas Eve in 1907 at the Overholser Mansion in Oklahoma City, Henry and Anna Overholser host a holiday party, when family friend and opera impresario Sam Shubert arrives, delighting the children with candy and magic tricks.  To Henry Ione Overholser, he presents a special gift,  a wooden Nutcracker dressed as a soldier.  As the festivities end, Henry Ione cradles her beloved Nutcracker and drifts to sleep.  At the stroke of midnight, she awakens to a strange new world in which her Nutcracker prince leads her on a journey through magical lands.  There she meets the Sand Plum Fairy who invites Henry Ione to rest atop a Rose Rock throne while characters drawn from Oklahoma wildlife dance to the Tchaikovsky score in her honor, culminating in the Grand Pas de Deux with the Sand Plum Fairy and her cavalier. 




This project is made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax Grant Program and the Oklahoma Arts Council.