Since 2001, Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet presents an annual production of The Nutcracker based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffman and music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky during the holiday season at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Manchester. To add to the intensity of the performance, SNHYB is accompanied by a live orchestra, just as Tchaikovsky's masterpiece was intended.
Each year, SNHYB performers are joined by many notable guest artists that have included Carlos Molina, former principal dancer with the Boston Ballet, Jeremy Collins, former Principal Dancer of the American Ballet Theatre and many Southern NH Dance Theater alumni, Lauren Stewart formerly with Joffrey Ballet, currently dancing with Suzanne Farrell, and Janice Niggeling who dances with Metropolitan Opera and has appeared in the Broadway productions of Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story. SNHYB is also joined by celebrity guest that perform the role of Mother Ginger. Past celebrities have included WZID's Mike Morin, John Clayton, Kria Sakakeeny or WMUR, Nazzy from JYY and the Morning Waking Crew and others.