The holiday season wouldn’t be complete in Pittsburgh without the annual showing of The Nutcracker.  The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater welcomes the show back, this time with a 24-performance run at the Benedum Center from December 1st to December 27th.

Brown Mamas has your chance to win a set of 4 FREE Tickets, AND we’ve got a Pittsburgh Ballet discount code for 20% off tickets which start at $28.  (Code listed below).  You can purchase your tickets for the The Nutcracker at, or by visiting the Box Office at Theater Square in Downtown, Pittsburgh.

Each performance features five scene changes and 170 roles for both professional company members and student dancers from PBT School. PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr says the 24-hour performance will be exciting and unique every night.

“For each of the 24 performances, I create a unique casting combination to ensure that no two performances are exactly alike,” Orr said.

Each night viewers will be invited to to take a souvenir photo with the Sugar Plum Fairy ($10/photo benefiting PBT School), shop for Nutcracker and holiday-themed gifts at the PBT boutique, and listen to lobby entertainment by local musical ensembles before select performances.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s version of the classic tale opens with a Christmas Eve party in early 20th-century Shadyside. Here Marie Stahlbaum, a girl who is just coming of age, receives a nutcracker from her mysterious godfather Drosselmeyer and an introduction to his nephew. As midnight approaches, enchantment envelopes the household. The Nutcracker springs to life to battle the Rat King and his evil curse. Finally free, the Nutcracker transforms into a prince and invites Marie on a dreamlike journey to a Land of Enchantment.

Little girls will love this performance, and the theater experience will serve as a time-honored tradition moms can easily implement into their holiday festivities each year.  Using the Brown Mamas promo code below, Mamas can purchase tickets for 20% off the regular price at


The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater will also host a ton of other Nutcracker inspired events.  Including talks with the artistic directory, narration for the visually impaired, a sensory-friendly performance and a student matinee.  All of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Nutcracker happenings will be posted on the Brown Mamas Pittsburgh Events Calendar and listed below.

More Nutcracker Themed Events

An Afternoon of Enchantment at PBT Studios
1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 – PBT Studios, 2900 Liberty Avenue
This ticketed event features Nutcracker-inspired dance classes, performances, crafts and photo opportunities for all ages. Tickets cost $5 for youth, $10 for adults and are free for children ages 3 and under. Details and tickets are available at

Ballet Fundamentals at the Library (FREE)
Participants can explore the story of “The Nutcracker,” meet a ballerina and try steps from the ballet.

Theater Programs
Audience members are invited to join the artists for a series of pre- and post-show programs at the Benedum Center. Free and open to all ticket holders unless otherwise noted.

Afterthoughts | Dec. 1, at 9:30 p.m.
Post-show discussion with Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and his guests

Talks with Terry | Dec. 3, at 11 a.m.
Pre-show preview, including a look at company class, with Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr

Audio-described performance | Dec. 3, at 12 p.m.
A live narration of the ballet for individuals with visual impairments. Headsets are available at the Guest Services Center with a valid ID.

Family Pointe | Dec. 9, at 1 p.m.
Pre-show opportunity to learn steps from the ballet and talk with ballet dancers. Reservations required at 412-454-9109 or

Ballet Adventures: The Nutcracker | Dec. 16, at 12 p.m.
Pre-show ballet class, including steps from “The Nutcracker.” Registration required at or by calling 412-454-9107.

To enter our giveaway for your chance to win 4 Tickets to see The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker, running from December 1st to December 27th at the Benedum Center in Downtown, Pittsburgh,  enter click below.  May the odds be in your favor.

This post is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Cynthia Mendoza

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