The Nutcracker Reviews

November 2016

About this production


Stephanie W – Fenton

The dancers were great. The sets could have been more extravagant. I expected a lot more “wow” factor with the decor and the choice of costumes for the dancers. It was very beautiful, but I have seen better. I still would like to congratulate everyone on a job well done. I’m not saying I could have done it better.


Sarah Habermeyer-Schjoneman – Detroit

Phenomenal show, a true taste of Holiday Nostalgia, absolutely beautiful.


Elisa – Rochester Hills

Spectacular!! I love the music.


CPalmer – Southfield

The Nutcracker was fantastic! A great experience for me and my daughters!!!


Lindsay – Hillsdale

This show was a visual spectacular! The costumes, set, and props were amazing, as were the “special effects”. The music and dancing were glorious! All the little extras such as the live reindeer, the choir in the lobby, and photo ops with Santa and the Nutracker really capped off a spectacular and memorable experience for my daughter and me. We hope to attend again next year!


Curtis Leski  – Rochester Hills

It was excellent. My entire family enjoyed this interpretation of The Nutcracker. It was well done and the performers were outstanding. We loved it.


M – Lake Orion

It was fantastic!


Lauren K – West Bloomfield

My 8 year old daughter and I have been to the Nutcracker for the past 4 years in several states. We thought this show was really fantastic with beautiful sets and costumes. The interpretation of the Nutcracker was unique to what we have experienced before. The live reindeer, pictures with Santa and the Nutcracker, the ice cream, etc were really a nice touch and we enjoyed it very much. Thank you for such a great performance!


Angela Rohde – Wyandotte

A truly beautiful show! The set, the costumes and most notably, the dancers, were spectacular! The time and care put into this ballet was incredible. My husband and I were so happy we attended.


Janette St Charles – New Boston

We go every year and continue to enjoy.


Nonna – Royal Oak

I thought this production was superior to the one two years ago. While essentially the same, I felt the total production was more robust than previous years. The music was exquisite, the set could use some updating, the owl clock is predictable. On a whole, it is produced to be child friendly and accessible. The arts and crafts and Santa and live reindeer are the best pre- show activities around.


Zoy – Birmingham

What a beautiful production of The Nutcracker in one of my favorite venues- the Detroit Opera House. The children’s activities before- visiting reindeer, Santa and Nutcracker photo opps, ice cream treats, set the mood for the little ones. The performance was wonderful- excellent soloists and ensemble dancing, with the Sugar Plum Fairy being exquisite.


RJ Smith – Waterford

We had never attended a ballet, but found The Nutcracker to be totally enchanting! Go see it, you won’t be disappointed!


Sadae – Detroit

The show was phenomenal. It was a bit slow at the beginning but when it picked up it was very enjoyable and entertaining. I definitely recommend for the family.


Dan morales – Detroit

This was the first time I had taken my daughter (10). She was absolutely floored!!! We both talked about it after the production, and we both really enjoyed it. I look forward to taking my daughter to more productions in the future, but we will remember this one for a long time. The sets and music and performers were a true delight!!!


Ritz – Walled Lake

Everything was Fabulous! Very professional works both dance and music.


Marian – Chesterfield

So beautiful! Have attended a Nutcracker performance since 1980, most of them at the Opera House. This was one of the most beautiful.


A.F.M. – Taylor

My daughter and I loved it. I bought the tickets as a birthday present for my daughter. We both agree, this is one of the best performances of the Nutcracker we have ever seen. The costumes and set were fantastic , the performers and the performance were breath taking. The music was phenomenal. Thank you all for a wonderful night.


Michael – Commerce

The dance company were at their best. We have seen them previously and I believe this program was one of their best. The staging and costumes were well done. There are times when costumes interfere with the dancing because they are too extravagant. Not so in this case. We. Will be back again next year to enjoy the program. It is a Christmas tradition.


Olivia Ifezue – Sterling Heights

Beautiful, powerful, amazing!! Definitely want to take my family back again next year. Gets you in the Christmas spirit. Dancers and performances were incredible!!


 mishioka – Detroit

It was a wonderful production my daughter and I loved it.


Maggie Lourdes – Canton

Wonderful and in line with impeccable Detroit Opera House style!


Leisa trybus – Brighton

Beautifully done. Props to sugar plum fairy…magnificent!!!!


Hassan – Troy

Fantastic . Music, dance, decorations, colors and facility.


Daniel Otwell – Sterling Heights

This years performance was spectacular. The dancers…the sets….music all was perfect. Always a great way to start the holiday season!


L Smith – Ann Arbor

This was a beautiful production! I really enjoyed it and the dancers and music was phenomenal. My only complaint has to do with the Detroit Opera House allowing food inside the theatre. Throughout the entire show I had to listen to people crinkling their candy bags. Nonstop, seriously.



Judith M – Birmingham

We all loved the performance. From the orchestra to the dancers., a beautiful show. We have seen the Nutcracker in other cities and this was our favorite. Beautiful costumes and stage settings. The local children were endearing and the professional dancers were amazing.

Mary – Huntington Woods

The show was great, but the music should have been louder. I didn’t feel totally engulfed in the show or the music because the orchestra wasn’t loud enough. I agree with others that the entire show could have had more extravagance and dramatic effect. Overall though dancers were excellent, always a classic at Christmas time!

Bianca Newmeyer – Troy

As usual, a great Holiday production. I brought along my great nephew this time, he was in total awe when the curtain went up. We both enjoyed the show. Dancers were wonderful and the sets were spectacular. The music beautiful.

Paricia – Detroit

This was my first experience of the Nutcracker and I didn’t know what to expect. I absolutely loved it! The dancers were amazing and the orchestra was beyond wonderful. The only minor issue was the sound system for the narrator, it was very hard to understand but it didn’t take away from the rest of the performance. It was a special night.

Jocelyn – Grosse Pointe Park

Great intro to the holiday season and entertaining for all of the family.

Rene – Macomb

We had a wonderful experience with the Nutcracker! We loved the details of the show and the music was amazing! The dancers were extremely talented! The children that danced also did a wonderful job and displayed a high level of talent! My 5 year old daughter loved the activities that were available before the show! Live reindeer, pictures with the Nutcracker, pictures with Santa and peppermint ice cream! The staff at the Detroit Opera House went above and beyond to make this a wonderful experience!

Elena – Windsor

My family and I really enjoyed the Nutcracker. The dancers, the setting, the music were all a pleasure to watch and listen. The children in it were a special touch – very nicely done. True holiday spirit!


Vanya J – Roseville

I have seen the Nutcracker many times at the Opera House since I was a little girl. I have to say, this was the best production I have seen. The decor was beautiful and the scene changes happened so flawlessly you don’t even notice them, until a new scene magically enfolds before you. The choreography was very well done. It was rhythmic, beautiful, gentle and flawless. The characters were newly brought to life. Usually everything just focuses on dancing and the story is forgotten, because everyone already knows it. But this time, the story was retold with a comedic twist. During the first half of the first act, when the family and friends gather together, every dancer portrays a character, instead of just dancing. There was the family that were super energetic, the stuck-up family, the one with the many kids and the baby. And then there was Clara’s brother, that always got in trouble. It was very entertaining. Because this is such a well known ballet you king of go to it expecting to see the same thing over and over. But each iconic dance was made differently than what I always see. The snowflake dance was my favorite, as they danced to snow falling from the sky. I also enjoyed the use of children, something they don’t do in the previous productions I have seen. Overall I would definitely recommend this.

Anita – Rochester Hills

This was my fourth year attending the Nutcracker with my granddaughters…every year we take away something new from each performance. Thanks to such an extraordinary production…you are creating great holiday memories for my granddaughters!

McDan – Eastpointe

My second year going and I am still in love with it! Great job to all the dancers! Especially loved seeing my two daughters on the stage dancing as well! The orchestra was awesome! Honestly great job to all !

Margaret – Bloomfield Hills

Way overpriced for this event. Will save the time and cost next year and attend the Russian performance. The character or grandmother was silly for such a beautiful ballet with her ridiculous swigging from a bottle and booty shakes . Children were of course cute so I am focusing on the adult/ teen dancers. Dancers were tepid and short changed their ability to really show professional level skills. All but the sugar plum fairy and partner which was beautiful. Sets were absolutely poor budget and boring. The voiceover speaker narrating was booming like a sporting event and needed to be toned down. Sadly the seating, facility and orchestra were awaiting a much more professional event. This was more like end of the year stuff for the local ballet schools. I expected much more for one hundred dollar seating. A plus is the highly organized parking if you prepay.

Kandace G – Ferndale

My family and I really enjoyed Sunday’s performance of The Nutcracker. The dancers delivered a wonderful performance, and the set and costumes were gorgeous. It’s always a treat to visit the beautiful Detroit Opera House, and the special touches of photos with The Nutcracker, Santa, and the reindeer really helped us shift into high gear for the holidays.

Karen – Belleville

Wonderful experience for my family, the start of a new tradition for us. Performances were amazing, and the pre show Dance talk was very informative.

Chris Unwin – West Bloomfield

It was wonderful! Perfect! We loved it!

Michael Roullier – Redford

Very nice !

Claudia B – Woodland Hills

Although I did not attend I sent my granddaughters with their Mother. They LOVED it! The words were…. amazing and outstanding! They have seen the Nutcracker several times so this is high praise. Thank you.

Elona – Farmington Hills

I enjoyed the ballet immensely. This was the first time seeing the Nutcracker. I loved the costumes. The dancers were very talented. Congratulations on a fantastic show all around!!!

Jan – St. Clair

I’ve always enjoyed “The Nutcracker” and made it a tradition to attend with my daughter every year until she moved out of state. I have not been to a performance in probably ten years, and this year I made it a point to go once again. I found it very different than in the past, as I know each dance company has their own style in telling the story. The narration was helpful but disappointed the voice wasn’t more clear over the speaker system. The dancers were beautiful and so entertaining, I couldn’t keep my eyes off of them. Being a former dancer myself, I so appreciate the talent of these young people, especially very challenging moves. I especially loved the touch of the “snow fall” with the dance of the snowflakes. The symphony was outstanding and I just loved every minute of it!

Claudia Perez MontesdeOca – Lincoln Park

Spectacular My daughter enjoyed the show and we want to come back next year. Good job to the orchestra too, the dancer espectacular!! Good job.

Melissa – Portage

I grew up attending the Nutcracker ballet each year with my mom and grandma and some others. This year I was able to carry that tradition on to my 3 year old daughter along with my mom and grandma and some others once again! I have nothing but positive thoughts about this performance and the events setup to entertain kids before the show. It was an overall magical experience and I could see the excitement in my daughter’s eyes! The actual ballet was amazing. The performers were spot on and the costume and decor was beautiful!

 Lewis Marcum

This was the sixth or seventh year in a row we’ve gone to this production.  It was amazing yet again!  There are always little tweaks to the performance and we loved it!  Our two girls are still talking about it.  We will be back again next season.  Thank you.