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Charlottesville Ballet: Lynchburg’s Nutcracker presented by Blue Ridge Bank​

Time: December 9, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - December 10, 2023 @ 5:30 pm
Venue: Historic Academy Theatre
Cost: $25 – $75

Join Lynchburg’s resident dance company for an enchanting 90-minute performance of The Nutcracker. Follow the story of Clara on her adventure through the Lands of Snowflakes and Sweets as she meets friends and foes alike. Experience Tchaikovsky’s treasured score with live music conducted by Benjamin Rous of the Charlottesville Symphony and collaborations with Cantate Children’s and Youth Choir and Central Virginia Ballet. This holiday classic features the professional company and over 100 community dancers from across Central Virginia!

Sat. Dec 9, 1:00 PM*  Sat. Dec 9, 5:00 PM*   Sun. Dec 10, 1:30 PM*  Sun. Dec 10, 5:30 PM

*The Class with Clara experience for children will be held after these performances. Look for the All-Inclusive VIP Gold Tickets in the Orchestra Center and Box Seats!

“CLASS WITH CLARA” HOLIDAY EVENT! [All-Inclusive VIP event after December 9 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM, and December 10 1:30 PM Performance.]

Your child can experience the magic of The Nutcracker by taking a ballet class on stage with Clara and her friends! Perfect for boys and girls ages 3-8, participants learn introductory ballet steps and capture precious moments with the dancers.

All-inclusive $70 tickets to the performance + “Class with Clara” are only available in the VIP seating section (orchestra center) with free drinks and magical cocktails for adults 21+. All VIP guests need a ticket to the performance + special event and children must be accompanied by an adult; lap babies are free.

We encourage children to sport their finest apparel for the occasion, whether formal attire, princess tiaras, or charming holiday outfits.


VIP All-Inclusive Tickets: $75 Adult, $70 Child; includes “Class with Clara” Children’s Event after December 9 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM, and December 10 1:30 PM Performance.

Tier 1: $55 Adult, $50 Child/Student/Senior/Military

Tier 2: $40 Adult, $35 Child/Student/Senior/Military

Tier 3: $30 Adult, $25 Child/Student/Senior/Military

*Plus taxes and fees

For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Bank of the James Ticketing Office at (434) 846-8499.

Sponsored By:

Presenting Sponsor: Blue Ridge Bank
The Land of Snowflakes Inspired by: Massanutten Resort
Cantate Children’s and Youth Choir
Central Virginia Ballet
Paisley Gifts & Stationery
Charlottesville Symphony

Know before you go:

Age Requirement

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this event unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome.

Camera Policy

Videography and audio recording during the performances are prohibited. Photography of the set on stage is allowed pre-show, post-show, and during intermission. But we do ask that you show our designers and visiting performers some love by crediting them (and by tagging us) in your social media posts.

Content Advisory

The Academy Center of the Arts offers a diverse selection of entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every guest or for all ages. Ticket buyers should take responsibility for making informed decisions regarding their purchases. We recommend visiting the official show website of each show you are coming to see at the Academy. If you ever have questions about the content or appropriateness of a show, please contact us at [email protected].

Doors Open

Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time. House doors open 30 minutes prior to show time for seating.

Parking & Directions

Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg. Our parking map (linked below) shows all of the free public and paid parking available. In addition, street parking is also available on most streets.

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Ticketing Policies

Ticketing purchases are non-refundable. By purchasing a ticket to an event at The Academy Center of the Arts, you are agreeing to our ticketing policy. View our full ticketing policy.


Want to volunteer and see this show for free? Contact Mele Thompson, [email protected]for more information.