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Ballet Academy Lucerne presents: The Nutcracker & Aladdin highlights

Dream Role In Nutcracker Ballet

For six young budding ballerinas from Lucerne the dream of landing the soloist role of Clara in the Nutcracker Ballet has come true. After many hours of practice and auditioning, ballet students; Emily Meyer, Mina Tuna, Tatjana Ilic, Bettina Rohrer, Karin Dadejova and Vivian Beck all aged between eight to ten years were selected to perform the role that all young ballerinas aspire to.

They will be partnered on stage by professional dancer, Chis Mifsud from the Sydney Dance Company, performing the role the of the “Nutcracker Prince”.

The youth production has a cast of over 150 performers aged between two till twenty years from the Ballet Academy Lucerne. The performances are on the 20th & 21st of May in Theater Casino Zug. The show has been designed to entertain children adults and families with over 1000 dazzling costumes imported from all over the world on stage.

The 2nd part of the show includes highlights from the famous West End and Broadway musical “Aladdin” as well as original modern, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance choreographies inspired from the teachers of the Ballet Academy Lucerne, Tracy Signorelli & Kristina Wallbank-Hutton’s Australian heritage.

Story Of The Nutcracker Ballet

The story begins on Christmas Eve, at the family Stahlbaum’s home. Clara, and her brother, Fritz’s, parents host a Christmas party, their uncle Drosselmeyer arrives and with him the marvellous entertainment of two life size dolls who magically dance to the delight of all the guests. He gifts Clara with a Nutcracker doll and Fritz with a mouse puppet. They play together but Fritz wanting to have the Nutcracker for himself takes it and during a struggle breaks it. The uncle repairs the doll and Clara plays with her friends captivated by this curious doll as the guests enjoy dancing.

As the party ends close to midnight Clara returns to the ballroom to look for her Nutcracker doll, as the grandfather clock begins to chime to Midnight the room mysteriously seems to grow and mice begin to come out from beneath the floor boards, including the Mouse King. The toy soldiers come alive and begin to move, the Nutcracker take’s command and leads them into battle protecting Clara. The soldiers are eventually overwhelmed by the mice. Clara, seeing the Nutcracker about to be taken prisoner, takes off her slipper and throws it at the Mouse King. He is defeated and taken away by his army of mice. Her heroic actions break the curse put upon the Nutcracker restoring him back into a prince. The grateful prince invites Clara on a magical journey through the enchanted fir forest with dancing snowflakes back to his home “The Kingdom of Sweets” where Clara is crowned princess by the Sugar Plum fairy and entertained in a magnificent celebration.

Performance Dates:

Sunday the 20th of May 5.30pm

Monday the 21st of May 3.00pm

The show is in two parts and runs for 2.5 hours including a 25-minute interval

Tickets can be booked directly online and through the Theatre Casino Zug:

Online Bookings:

Theater Casino Zug:

Artherstrasse 2–4
CH-6300 Zug
+41 41 729 05 50


Ticket prices are from CHF 20.00 –  CHF 40.00 with three seating categories. Children up to 12 years receive a 50% discount, students and retired persons a 20% discount.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Living in Luzern organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.