The Toledo Ballet’s Nutcracker gets a new look

One of Toledo’s favorite holiday traditions is getting a new look. The Toledo Ballet recently unveiled the new design for the Nutcracker Act I set. The new set will feature another of Toledo’s favorite “go-to” holiday places — the Manor House at the former Stranahan estate, located on the grounds of Wildwood Metropark. Funding for the new set was largely provided by William and Margaret Foster and The Anderson Fund Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation. The previous, 30-year-old set was not aging gracefully. Mari Davies, executive director for the Toledo Ballet, is thrilled to merge two Toledo traditions and bring new energy to the Toledo Nutcracker with the new set design. She says, “I wanted the new set to debut this year in celebration of Toledo Ballet’s 75th anniversary. The wonderful thing about Nutcracker is that it is a universal tale of the magic of childhood, so we decided that Clara doesn’t have to live in Germany. We are bringing her home and moving her into the Manor House, where she and her family will live for the next 30 to 40 years.”

The Toledo Ballet performs the Nutcracker with the Toledo
Symphony on Saturday, December 14, at 2pm and 7pm, Sunday, December 15, at 2pm. Tickets range from $24-$54. Stranahan Theater, 4645               Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. For tickets call
419-381-8851 or visit