Last updated: May 11, 2022

Prairie Nutcracker©
A uniquely Kansas adaptation of Tchaikovsky's traditional Nutcracker. A holiday event for the whole family.
Snow, Schoolhouse, Enlisted Men, and Waltz of the Prairie Flowers scenes

Upcoming: December 8 - 10, 2023 at Hutchinson's Historic Fox Theatre
In Loving Memory of our beloved composer, Rick Kuethe

Set in 1869 Kansas, this century's new holiday tradition made its debut in 2000 at the Fox. Prairie Nutcracker is the perfect heart-warming American celebration for the heartland's holiday season. It features an enchanting musical score masterfully adapted from Tchaikovsky by Boston composer, Rick Kuethe (1946-2021), a native of Omaha, Nebraska. A delightful and wonder filled holiday gift for the whole family.

Dream Scene with Little Laura and Mother in frontier bed
It's about magic, music, family, and celebration!      USA Today, 2003

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