December 18, 2022 - December 22, 2022
  • Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theatre & Cinema
    2118 Market Street
    Wheeling, WV 26003
  • 304-242-7700
  • Hours
    Sunday: 3:00 & 7:00pm / Monday-Thursday: 7:00pm
  • Adults: $20.00
    Children 13 & under: $15.00

    $25 (adults)/$20(children) for Dec. 22 “MUTTcracker” ($5 from each ticket goes to Ohio Co. Animal Shelter.)

Oglebay Institute’s Youth Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker 3pm & 7pm Sun., Dec. 18 and 7pm Dec. 19-22 at Towngate Theatre.

(December 22 performance titled “The MUTTcracker” will help support our friends at the Ohio County Animal Shelter.)

Dancing flowers! Flurries of snowflakes! Beautiful fairies and a legion of mice!  See them all swoop and soar across the stage. Oglebay Institute’s Youth Ballet Company dances The Nutcracker on Towngate stage. Beautifully costumed dancers bring this magical story to life. You will be transported into a Christmas fantasy. You’ll marvel at the lavish set and revel in Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

For many, this annual show is a treasured holiday tradition. So, gather your family and join us at Towngate for this magical holiday journey.

Tickets: $20 for adults. $15 children 13 & under.
$25 (adults)/$20(children) for Dec. 22 “MUTTcracker” ($5 from each ticket goes to Ohio Co. Animal Shelter.)

Purchase tickets online or call 304-242-7700.

Sponsored by the Helen J. Prince Foundation.

Sugar Plum Social

Join the cast of The Nutcracker for a Sugar Plum Social prior to the matinée show 1-2pm Sunday, December 18. Enjoy refreshments and get pictures with Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy. $15 per child. (Purchase with your ticket.)

2022-23 Children’s Theater Season at Towngate

“The Little Mermaid” Ballet
7pm October 8 & 11
3pm & 7pm October 9 & 16

7pm December 9; 3pm December 10 & 11

“The Nutcracker”
3pm & 7pm December 18; 7pm December 19, 20, 21 & 22

“The Secret Garden”
7pm January 27; 3pm January 28, 29, February 4 and 5

Take your kids to the ballet.

Oglebay Institute’s children’s theater brings classic stories from the page to the stage through theater and dance.  Ballet performances feature well-loved stories that children relate to. Kids not only get excited about the characters and music they know, but also get to see stories presented in new and interesting ways.  Performances introduce kids to the beauty of dance. They also learn how dance can be used as a means of self-expression and storytelling.

Teaching the Art of Dance…

Oglebay Institute recognizes the importance of creative expression through movement and music. Dance has been a vibrant part of our programming for more than 80 years. We not only present dance as an art form and a means of self-expression but also as social interaction for all ages. From new dancers to returning professionals, our students immerse themselves in the art of dance at Oglebay Institute.