Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”

Clara CTAC nutcracker
Clara, portrayed by CTAC School of Ballet dancer Emily Stabile, cradles the nutcracker in her arms during one of last December’s performances.

Every December CTAC School of Ballet Artistic Director, Heather Raue, with collaboration from CTAC dance instructor, Karrie Benedict, re-imagines, re-choreographs, and renews the holiday classic, Tchaikovsky’s, “The Nutcracker.”

“Keeping choreography fresh and exciting, while remaining true to the story that has become a beloved holiday tradition across generations is a challenging task,” says Raue.

“Crooked Tree Arts Center members and Northern Michigan community members attend the performances each year, and we strive to put on a show that is new and engaging, but also classic.”

The CTAC School of Ballet has grown to a formidable company size, and more dancers are involved with the production this year, leading to larger divertissements, multi-layered groups tackling new choreography, and an overall larger production.

The ballet itself will retain its usual length of two hours including an intermission, with more deeply developed, and elaborate segments.

To add to the newness of the ballet, dancers will be donning new costumes to assist them in enrapturing the audience.


This Crooked Tree Arts Center tradition is appropriate for all ages, and will be performed at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center in Harbor Springs located at 500 N. Spring Street.

Performances are on Saturday, December 19 at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, December 20 at 3:00 p.m.

Ticket pricing is as follows:

• Matinee: $50 Reserved

• $15 Adult

• $5 Student

• Evening: $50 Reserved

• $20 Adult

• $10 Student

All tickets may be purchased online, and purchasers will be contacted by telephone to confirm reserved seating preferences.

On Sunday, December 6, the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea takes place at the Terrace Inn.

With each tea reservation, guests will receive two complimentary tickets to their choice of a performance of “The Nutcracker,” among other goodies. Registration is now open for Sugar Plum Fairy Tea reservations.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, contact the Crooked Tree Arts Center at 231-347-4337 or visit

Crooked Tree Arts Center is located at 461 E. Mitchell Street, downtown Petoskey.