victorian nutsracker 72dpi

WHEN: Wednesday, December 22nd at 9:30AM - 12PM

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland, ME 04101

Join us for Maine Homeschool Field Trips' Annual trip to the Victorian Nutcracker!


“The Victorian Nutcracker” is set in Portland in the late 1800s, with the party scene set in the parlor of the Victoria Mansion on Danforth Street, and snow scenes set in Deering Oaks. The local party scene’s decor is modeled after the furnishings at the mansion, which was built in the 1850s and is open to the public. Characters in “The Victorian Nutcracker” are named for real Portland people who lived in the late 1800s. Ruggles Morse, who built Victoria Mansion, is the party host in the production. His niece, Olivia Higgins, is the girl who gets the nutcracker as a present. In most productions, including the Maine State Ballet’s, the little girl is called Clara.

This annual production has become a Maine holiday tradition and family favorite. Over 80 children from the greater Portland community will join the company dancers onstage for a magical show! This is the full-length dress rehearsal performance of the Victorian Nutcracker ballet that is open to school groups.

Note: Due to COVID concerns, this show will have no live orchestra.

TICKETS: There are no physical tickets for school performances. The DETAILS email will contain all info on when and where to meet to be admitted with the group.

COST*: Is per person. For fire and security purposes all people, including infants, are counted and charged.
    • Early Bird tickets- Until November 11th $11/person
    • Tickets- November 12th- November 23rd $12/person
    • Late Registration- November 24th- December 1st $15/person

CANCELLATION: Please contact me to substitute someone from the waitlist before posting tickets online. Thanks! Tickets are non-refundable, but attendee substitutions are permitted up until:

  • December 16th at 8 am

IMPORTANT COVID EXCEPTION: Refunds will be issued for individuals unable to attend due to a positive COVID test.

COVID-19 Policy from the City of Portland regarding Merrill Auditorium (subject to change): 

Effective Monday, October 4, all attendees age 12 and over for public events at Merrill Auditorium will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or provide printed proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test from an authorized provider within 72 hours prior to the event start time or a negative rapid test within 12 hours prior to the event start time. A photo ID will also be required. Masks are also required for all attendees over 2 years of age and are to be worn at all times while in the facilities unless actively eating or drinking. (FMI)

NOTE: Due to COVID concerns, this show will have no live orchestra.

All donations go to help families who would otherwise be unable to participate in a Maine Homeschool Field Trips' educational event.