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Springfield, Missouri


Patrons will follow along as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince dash from an extravagant Christmas party to a fierce battle with the evil Mouse King, then on a magical journey through the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets. Families will celebrate this holiday tradition and share the magic of Springfield Ballet's The Nutcracker with the ones they love!

All shows will be performed at Landers Theatre.
    • Friday, December 16 @ 7:30 pm
    • Saturday, December 17 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
    • Sunday, December 18 @ 2:00 pm & 6:30 pm
    • Monday, December 19 @ 6:30 pm

Run time for The Nutcracker is two hours, including a 15 minute intermission.

The Nutcracker 2022 Cast List



    2022 Professional Guest Artists


Maria Hall


Maria Hall, Guest Artist (Sugar Plum Fairy) 

Maria Hall’s early dance training began at Springfield Ballet under the direction of Ashley Paige Romines. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet, Modern Performance and Choreography. At UMKC, she trained under Paula Weber, Mary Pat Henry, David Justin, DeeAnna Hiett, Gary Abbott, Tobin James and Sabrina Madison-Cannon. During this time, Maria performed works by Alvin Ailey, Gregory Dawson, Peter Anastos, Kameron Saunders and Philip Jerry. She performed with Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey and the Alvin Ailey 1st Company in "Memoria.” Maria also performed "Eden” as an apprentice with Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company. She has trained at summer programs including SummerWind Youth Ballet, Giordano Dance Chicago, The Rock School for Dance Education, Kansas City Ballet and Netherlands Dance Theatre. Maria had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala to perform in the 76th Annual International Choreographers Showcase with dancers from around the world.

After graduation, Maria spent a season dancing with Missouri Contemporary Ballet, where she performed in works by Karen Grundy, Sean Aaron-Carmon, Penny Saunders and Fernando Rodriguez. As an alumna of Springfield Ballet, Maria is honored and excited to return in 2021 to the ballet school that shaped the foundation of her dancing. She is thrilled to share all she has learned and help the future stars of the dance world grow and flourish.





José Soares, Guest Artist (Cavalier)
José Soares, began his training at age eleven in Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil. He was one of
ten children who was selected to study ballet at Bolshoi School. He trained under Dmitry
Afanasiev and Galina Kravchenko and was rehearsed by Vladimir Vasiliev. After graduating from
the Bolshoi School at age 18, he was accepted into the Trainee program at Joffrey Ballet in
Chicago. Following his traineeship with Joffrey Ballet, he was accepted into Milwaukee Ballet’s
second company. In 2015, he danced with Lake Erie Ballet in principal roles such as the Cavalier
in The Nutcracker and Dracula. In 2016 he joined the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, where he
had the pleasure of working choreographers such as Joshua Blake Carter, Stephanie Martinez,
Penny Saunders and Autumn Eckman. José was also invited to dance in Kansas City with
Concept Zero where he performed a brand new ballet titled Alibi by Kristopher Estes-Brown. In
2019 by invitation of Alexei Kremnev, José danced in the opera Aleko and Everest with the
Chicago Opera Theater. His role in the first act, Everest, was created solely for him. Most
recently, he performed in Dracula with Ballet Pensacola. He is now residing in Andalusia,
Alabama where he teaches at the Andalusia Ballet Academy and has several freelance
performance opportunities. José is excited to perform in Springfield Ballet’s The Nutcracker this
season as Cavalier.