Lana Dvorak, Aaron Orion Baker, Charlie Barron and Jeanitta Perkins. Photo by Eric Woolsey.

Charlie Barron, Lana Dvorak and Aaron Orion Baker. Photo by Eric Woolsey.

Charlie Barron and Lana Dvorak. Photo by Eric Woolsey.

Lana Dvorak, Jeanitta Perkins, Charlie Barron and Aaron Orion Baker. Photo by Eric Woolsey.

Lana Dvorak and Charlie Barron. Photo by Eric Woolsey.

The Nutcracker

by Sarah Brandt |
Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann |
Music and Lyrics by Neal Richardson |
Directed by Suki Peters

Marie is a little lonely after her family moves to a new town, but when her Godfather arrives with some mysterious Christmas Eve packages, she finds magic in very unlikely places. One of Godfather’s gifts is a wooden nutcracker who appears to be nothing more than an ugly toy, but Marie soon discovers that this is no ordinary doll. The Nutcracker leads Marie on a magical adventure full of evil mice, dancing fairies and distant lands, showing her along the way that friends may not be so hard to find and that the magic of Christmas can last the whole year through.

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Cast & Creative Staff


  • Aaron Orion Baker (Godfather, Mouse King, Fairy, Mayor)
  • Charlie Barron (Father, Nutcracker, Fritz)
  • Lana Dvorak (Marie)
  • Jeanitta Perkins (Mother, Mouse, Fairy, Townsperson)


  • Charlie Mueller (Musical Director)
  • Ellen Isom (Choreographer)
  • Scott Loebl (Scenic Designer)
  • Elizabeth Eisloeffel (Costume Designer)
  • J.M. Bock (Stage Manager)

Enhance Your Experience

  • Read our Nutcracker Study Guide for a complete guide to the characters and story of our production!
  • Check out St. Louis County Library's curated list of books, movies and music to enhance your appreciation of the show.