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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.




    2021 Professional Guest Artists


Paige Landreneau, Guest Artist (Sugar Plum Fairy)
Paige Landreneau has been dancing since the age of nine. She has performed in several
prestigious competitions including Youth American Grand Prix and Youth America Grand Prix
Finals in New York City, ADC/IBC, and Universal Ballet Competition. She’s placed in the top
twelve for both classical and contemporary for YAGP, placed in the top 15 in classical variations
at ADC/IBC, and placed 4 th at Universal Ballet competition in 2020. She has also attended many
well-known summer programs across the country including School of American Ballet, Master
Ballet Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Colorado Ballet. She has been studying at
Andalusia Ballet in Andalusia, Alabama since 2014, and since the fall of 2020, she has been a
student at the American Ballet Theatre school, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis under the direction
of Cynthia Harvey. She’s performed in several dance festivals including Alabama Dance Festival,
Alabama Ballet Festival, and Montgomery Ballet’s Ballet and the Beast. Most recently, Paige
won the regional Birmingham Chapter’s competition for the National Society of Arts and Letters
and went on to represent the state nationally where she earned runner-up honors and a
$14,000 cash prize. She has also performed many Principal roles in major productions including
the Lilac Fairy from The Sleeping Beauty and the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker.




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.