When my oldest son came to me a few weeks back and said he wants to go see The Nutcracker at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater I was taken back.  He’s 16-years-old and I was sure that by now he’d outgrown activities like this.  After seeing the commercial on TV he said that The Nutcracker is one of the things on his ‘before I turn 18’ bucket list.

Even though we have a lot of activities on our holiday schedule, I am excited and overjoyed that I have a 16-year-old that still sees value in one of Pittsburgh’s most honored and accessible traditions. Plus, The Nutcracker at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater is one of the few holiday activities in Pittsburgh that we can still enjoy as a family with folks ranging in age. The story remains a timeless one, and an evening of getting dressed up as a family and walking the lit-up streets of downtown Pittsburgh is an evening we will never forget.

Not all brown boys and girls know the classic story of Marie and her Nutcracker prince, dancing their way through the Land of Enchantment. The Nutcracker presents a magical opportunity for our brown babies to experience the beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the excitement of the Nutcracker’s great duel with the Rat King. PBT keeps the traditional story fresh by adding new casting combinations at every performance and weaving in familiar Pittsburgh sights, like the view from Mt. Washington and Terrible Towels on game days.


With tickets starting at just $28, the show is more accessible than ever.

Even restless little ones will be on the edge of their seat when the already giant Christmas tree grows even larger, reaching to the top of the Benedum center stage and bringing us down to the level of the mice and toy soldiers. The larger-than-life, colorful visuals match the music we all know and love and it gets the whole family in the holiday spirit.



Families of children or adults with sensory sensitivities can enjoy the ballet too, when PBT hosts a sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker on Dec. 27.

PBT’s The Nutcracker has a little something for everyone, from little ballerinas to be and toy soldiers in the making, to Mom and Dad. The ballet runs from Nov. 30 through Dec. 27 and tickets start at just $28.

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Muffy Mendoza is an author, speaker and founder of Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a support group for nearly 4,000 African-American moms in the Pittsburgh region. To further fill the void Muffy has created a line of educational products focused on helping Black moms be the best moms, too. Her first book, The Brown Mama Mindset: A Blueprint for Black Moms on Life, Love & Home, was featured at the 2018 Essence Festival and is currently sold in various cities across the U.S. Muffy champions the beauty of Black motherhood everywhere she goes, even on the TEDx stage. Find out more about Muffy on muffymendoza.com.

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