In 1976 Ballet Theatre of Scranton, in partnership with Marywood University, took a dream of its Artistic Director the late Constance Reynolds and began what would become an annual, beloved and historic community event. The dream of the holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER, as a free gift to our community.   Since 1991 Joanne Arduino, the current Artistic Director, has carried the dream into the new millennium. 

The Nutcracker was the recipient of a first place Pocono Northeast Award and has been cited by Dance Magazine as the only production of its kind in the United States.  The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce awarded The Nutcracker the Hometown Star SAGE Award (Scranton Award for Growth & Excellence) .

The production has entertained over 350,000 people during its history, including educational performances to over 12,000 school students.   2015 marked the 40th Anniversary of the Ballet Theatre’s performing The Nutcracker.

The gift has not gone without its financial difficulties.  With escalating costs and a decrease in arts funding, Ballet Theatre of Scranton has struggled to keep the dream alive. Last year for the ballet’s 40th Anniversary, the Company began an endowment fund with the main purpose of continuing to present the holiday gift in the spirit of which it was created.

You can help!
Click here to make an online donation to Ballet Theatre of Scranton !

Click here for information on becoming a nutcracker benefactor.

40th Anniversary Honorary Co-Chairs

Joanne D. Arduino, Artistic Director

Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Immediate Past President, Marywood University

40th Anniversary Production Chairs

Joe and Andrea Amato

40th Anniversary Honorary Committee

Joe & Andrea Amato

Dr. & Mrs. Jay Bannon

Senator John P. Blake 

Laurie Cadden

Guy Cali

Senator Robert & Terese Casey

Mayor William Courtright

Kristin Cupillari

Charles DeNaples

Mark DeStefano

Chris DiMattio

State Representative Marty Flynn

Mr. & Mrs. Greg Gagorik

Joseph X. Garvey

40th Anniversary Committee Members

Marnel Ahern

Joanne Arduino

Maura Cullen

Dr. Kimberly D’Andrea

April Davis

Mary DeNaples

Atty. Tracy Doherty

Kelley Dougherty

Christine Gutekunst

Wendy Haggerty

Dr. Lauren Hazzouri

Nicole Kovalski

Atty. Ruth Lenahan

Paula Mackarey

Kirsten McIntyre

Kathy Mihok

Tony Nicosia

Posie O’Brien Granet

Chrissy O’Brien Haggerty

Jo-Ann Osiadacz

Dr. Kristin Paoli

Bernie Ross

Nancy Salerno

Marlene Sammon

Gretchen Welby

Phoebe Wilson

Kim Wylam

Chris Yevitz

Thank you to The Nutcracker 40th Anniversary Benefactors of 2015.

Thank you to The Nutcracker sponsors: