Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre :: A Tale from the Bayou

Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. That said we are really excited that they are bringing ballet back to the bayou in the 25th anniversary performance of The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou at the River Center Theatre for Performing Arts on December 17th and 18th. All images in this post are credited to Eye Wander Photo.

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre :: A Tale from the Bayou

With a unique local flair, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s Tale from the Bayou transports audiences to a magical world of dancing azaleas, BRBALLET1rsmba snowy oak alley, and the Sugar Plum Fairy (whose castle looks remarkably like the Old State Capitol). Accompanied by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the production maintains all of the grandeur of the classic ballet with its familiar musical score, dazzling sets, stunning costumes and of course, beautiful dancing.

25 Years of Holiday Tradition

Since its inception in 1992, this local production has continued to thrill children and adults alike as one of the most highly anticipated events of the holiday season. For many, the annual production has become a holiday tradition. Parents who once sat in wide-eyed wonderment in the same theatre years ago now return to see how the show has grown and share the holiday magic with their own children.

Even participating in the cast has become a family tradition for some. With roles available for BRBalletNutcracker15_2pmSat2987both children and adults, it’s not unusual to see as many as three generations of the same family performing on stage together.

Hundreds of dancers, children, parents and volunteers from across the community come together to create this magical theatre experience on a grand scale each year, and after 25 years, The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou has become a treasured tradition for those both on and off stage.

Join the Cast

The Nutcracker can be a wonderful introduction for children into the magical world of theatre and dance, and many young dancers come back year after year because the friends and memories they make last a lifetime.

Hundreds of community children are cast at auditions each Fall to fill the roles of lambs, mice, toy soldiers, cooks, cherubs, angels, and party BRBalletNutcracker15_6pmSun_0268children. These aspiring young artists rehearse once a week for several months, learning about dance and theatre, experiencing what goes on behind-the-scenes of a professional production and putting their heart into creating a performance that everyone is sure to enjoy. Cast members also have the chance to work alongside BRBT dancers and professional artists like guest dancers Morgan McEwen and Brian Gephart, who will join the cast of nearly 300 local dancers and community children on stage for the weekend’s performances.

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will hold open auditions for this year’s Nutcracker cast on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at the Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Ct., Baton Rouge, LA 70810. Visit for audition times and more information.

Ready to Purchase Your Tickets to Experience the Magic?

The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou returns to the River Center Theatre for Performing Arts, December 17 & 18, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Tickets range from $22 to $58 and are available online through Ticketmaster*, in person at the River Center Box Office, or over the phone by calling the BRBT office at 225.766.8379. Visit to learn more. *Ticketmaster is the only authorized online retailer for Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre performances.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this classic holiday production, reimagined as only our Cajun Clara could. And remember, snow is always guaranteed!


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