The Nutcracker - ACADEMY OF MUSIC




Pioneer Valley Ballet Presents

The Nutcracker

Sensory Safe December 9th at 4pm, 50th Anniversary Special December 9th at 7:00pm, Weekend Performances December 10th and 11th at 1pm and 4:30pm

Pioneer Valley Ballet is offering Student Rush Tickets for $15.00 ($19.68 after fees) for the Sunday, December 11th showing at 4:30pm! Purchase your tickets at the door and show your student ID for this special discount.

Celebrating its 50th year, Pioneer Valley Ballet presents The Nutcracker, an annual favorite at The Academy of Music. Each year, PVB’s Nutcracker is reinvented by Artistic Directors Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti, celebrating the history of the company and the tradition of Clara’s magical story. In addition to our own PVB dancers and members of the local community, this year’s performance will feature guest artists from Carolina Ballet for the first time since 2019. Join us as we celebrate 50 years of Pioneer Valley Ballet! The Friday, December 9th show at 4pm will be a Sensory Safe performance!

The Friday, December 9 performance at 7:00pm will be a holiday celebration in honor of PVB’s 50th anniversary. Doors open at 6:15pm and entertainment starts at 6:30pm by the UMass Amherst Doo Wop Shop. Also join us for a photo slide show of PVB’s history and a pre-talk about PVB’s past, present and future by Co-Artistic Director Thomas Vacanti. Supporters of PVB and the arts won’t want to miss this special opportunity to be a part of the celebration. The Academy of Music will also offer wine and beer for purchase during this special performance.

The Academy will hold all shows at full capacity and this show will require no additional COVID precautions or requirements. Click here to read our health and safety policy. Tickets can be purchased in person or over the phone Tuesday through Friday 3pm to 6pm. Tickets can also be purchased online at any time for no additional cost/fee. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact the box office at or (413) 584-9032 X105.

This event is sold out of discounted tickets through the Card to Culture Program. Pioneer Valley Ballet is also offering discounted tickets for their “Storytime with Clara” event. For more information on this event, please visit its event page. Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. Find out more at:

Show Date/Time:
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 4:00 pm through Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 4:30 pm
Doors at 30 Minutes Before Show Start Time

Ticket Prices:
Sensory Safe: $23, 50th Anniversary: $35-$50, Weekend Shows: $23-$43 (+ Fees)

Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Purchase online using the button on the top right (scroll to the bottom of the page if using mobile), or you may visit or call our box office at 413-584-9032 ext.105.
Box Office Hours are 3pm - 6pm, Tuesday - Friday. Service fees always apply with purchase.