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2022 / 2023 Season > The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker 

December 17-18, 2022

Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech 330 Turner St. N.W., Blacksburg, 24060

Little Leapers and the LEAP Performing Arts Academy is proud to announce their 11th Annual Nutcracker production on December 17-18, 2022 at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.


The Nutcracker ballet is one of the most beloved and timeless Christmas traditions about a young girl, Clara, whose favorite toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and takes her to the Land of Sweets magical kingdom. Little Leaper's productions takes a unique and heartwarming spin on this treasured classic through the lens of kindness.

Little Leapers's Nutcracker is in its 11th season and was the first Nutcracker to perform at the Moss Arts Center, the only Nutcracker in the New River Valley to have included a live orchestra, flying mouse Queen, short film, pyrotechnics, and even surprise guest performances by Reid Ewing from Modern Family (Dylan). 

Little Leaper’s Nutcracker production has undergone its own magical journey similar to Clara’s. In 2012, Little Leapers put on their first Nutcracker at the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg despite doubts that a local performing arts company could handle such ambitious production demands. The first cast of 40 dancers wore costumes handmade or donated from thrift stores. Each year, their Nutcracker has grown resulting in moving production to Virginia Tech's Moss Arts Center in 2015 during which the show was heralded as the “most successful community production” at the prestigious Moss Arts Center.

There is no need travel to experience the production value seen in large cities because Little Leaper’s Nutcracker exceeds a typical community production with over 450 roles, 1,000 professional costumes, and animated sets that bring the story to life! 

Directed by Heather Leeper

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Saturday, December 17th
Saturday, December 17th

6:00pm Evening Buy Tickets

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Sunday, December 18
Sunday, December 18

2:00pm Matinee Buy Tickets

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Educational Event

December 16th, 2022 at the Moss Arts Center


The Clara Experience

Where you are the lead of the show! 

We're bringing it back in 2022! During the pandemic, we had to come up with a way to save The Nutcracker during a time that we were all on lockdown. What was born was an idea that we want to keep going! 

Does your child dream of playing Clara in the Nutcracker? Well, now that dream can come to life! 

The Clara experience is a class taught weekly where your child will learn the iconic dream scene. They will receive their very own Clara nightgown and Nutcracker to use and perform on stage! 

Cost: TBD

Sign up: TBA

more info to come