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Nutcracker Cirque

In 2004, Circo Luci created its first holiday themed theatrical circus production, a Cirque Nutcracker for the U.S. Air Force in Japan. A new age twist on a holiday classic, Cirque Nutcracker thrilled military audiences across Japan with its premier tour, earning raves from Stars and Stripes.

The show adds modern arrangements and mixes to the classic Nutcracker score, remixing the original into a new classic.

Nutcracker Cirque® is a registered trademark (Registration Number 3396719) of the POET Companies.

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A Nutcracker Cirque is a contemporary take on the classic story of the Christmas classic. New-age physical circus artistry is melded with the beauty and timelessness of ballet and modern dance movement. This fusion is choreographed to a new modern take on the original Nutcracker musical score, breathing new life into the beauty of the original classic.

Nutcracker Cirque from Circo Luci is available for booking for multi-week holiday engagements worldwide only during the months of November and December. The show has a theater version but can also be presented in several different types of unique and specialized entertainment locations, including convention centers, temporary spaces, tents, open areas, retail venues and outdoor settings.


The Nutcracker Cirque production includes the following:

  • Soundtrack from the Nutcracker Cirque production orchestrated and recorded by the Nutcracker Cirque creative team. (Tracks and charts are included with the production in the event an onsite orchestra is to be included in the production).
  • Show Costuming, Props and Equipment.
  • Digital audio playback, time code and show control.
  • Lighting Control.
  • Digital media servers, video projectors and video distribution.
  • High-speed performer flying winches, winch power distribution and acrobatic rigging.
  • Production soft goods.
  • Production sets.


Shipping requirements can be scaled depending on show size and scope of technical infrastructure required for the performance. The show can adapt to existing staging, lighting and rigging layouts. POET Theatricals’ goal is to reduce the preproduction cost and installation of the show as much as possible, and we work with presenters to trim these expenses.

Examples of shipping requirements are:

Soft Sets The Nutcracker Cirque “Soft Set” production requires cargo space of one 24’ truck or a 40’ high-cube oceangoing container (for overseas productions). This includes all of the soft goods (theatrical drops) and video projection surfaces used in the production and staging of the performance.

Full Set The “Full Set” production includes the entire hard set of the show and the “soft set”. This version includes all of the stair units, multi level sets, and other stage elements. This version travels in one 53’ truck or one 40’ and one 20’ oceangoing containers (for overseas productions).

Turn-key Our “turn-key” production package adds all lighting, sound, venue required soft goods, venue rigging and staging for the show in a complete turn-key package. This additional technical support travels in 1 or 2, 53-foot tractor trailers, depending on the level of production support required for the venue.


Nutcracker Cirque uses a traveling cast of 16-24 live singers, acrobats, character performers, specialty acts and aerialists.

Crew size is 3 persons: 1 Technical director, 1 FOH operator (lighting, media and show control), and 1 lead rigger/ acrobatic rigger.

A. Nutcracker Cirque from Circo Luci is a holiday themed European-style theatrical circus based on the holiday classic, the Nutcracker.
A. The show was originally designed to be performed in a theater, but can also be performed in tents, convention spaces, custom open spaces, and in outdoor venues.
A. Loading in the production depends on access to the space, but shows from POET Theatricals in touring configuration can be loaded in a quickly as 1 day.
A. There are 16-24 performers in the production comprised of live singers, acrobats, character performers, specialty acts and aerialists.
A. The soundtrack is an originally recorded and orchestrated modernization of the classic Nutcracker score.
A. The show can be scaled for as short as 30 minutes to as long as 90 minutes.
A. Yes, the orchestra can play with the track of the show and the production provides full charts.
A. The show travels with its own performer flying automation and technicians to operate and is included in the cost of the show. The venue however must be able to support the rigging loads and have appropriate hang points to mount the show’s equipment.
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