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Contact Information

(530) 757-5626
(530) 758-0204 FAX
(530) 757-5666 TDD

Office Address
23 Russell Boulevard
Davis, CA 95616

Office Hours
Monday – Friday:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Davis Children's Nutcracker

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Davis Children's Nutcracker

A community tradition since 1977, the Davis Children's Nutcracker is a theatre production involving 250 Davis children and is produced by the City of Davis Parks and Community Services Department.

Based on the story "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" written by E.T.A. Hoffman. The ballet's first production was on December 17, 1892, at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
More info on the story and history of the  Davis Children's Version of The Nutcracker.

2017 Davis Children's Nutcracker Application

All children ages six through twelve are invited to apply to participate in the Davis Children's Nutcracker. Parents must submit the application to Parks and Community Services at 23 Russell Boulevard by Friday, September 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Applications may be scanned and emailed to registration@cityofdavis.org, or dropped off in the City of Davis drop box in the City Hall parking lot.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. The cast is limited to 250 children, with a specific number of parts allocated to each age group. Names are drawn by lottery, preference will be given to children who applied for last year's show and did not get in.  Parents of children admitted to the cast will be notified via email and have until Friday, October 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm to complete program registration. The registration fee is $115. After initial registration is complete, a second lottery will be held to fill any remaining openings. Roles are assigned after registration is complete. All cast members must be available for rehearsals and performances November 27 through December 17.

Applicants must be at least 6 years old by November 27, 2017.

Nutcracker Volunteers Needed

It would be impossible to produce The Davis Children's Nutcracker without help from many volunteers. Call or stop by Parks and Community Services to learn more about volunteer possibilities. Volunteer applications must be submitted by September 8, 2017.

Nutcracker Ticket Policy

Information about ticket sales for cast members will be mailed with confirmation packets. Beginning December 6, 2017, tickets will be available to the general public, maximum six tickets per sale. Tickets cost $17.00 for each performance. Tickets can be purchased at the Parks and Community Services office, located at City Hall, during our normal office hours.

Performance Dates for 2017

Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Email Parks and Community Services or call (530) 757-5626 for more information.

Seating chart for the Veterans Memorial Theatre.

Want to learn more about the history of The Davis Children's Version of The Nutcracker?

View pictures, programs, and much more from 40 years of Nutcracker history on the Nutcracker History page.