NEWDO’s ‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to the Weidner Center this Thanksgiving

Green Bay, Wis. – Thirty-five musicians, 69 dancers, three performances, one incredible holiday spectacle. The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce this spectacular holiday tradition has found a new home! For the firsttime ever, Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization (NEWDO) teams with the Weidner Philharmonic to present the 2021 Green Bay Nutcracker Ballet.

Green Bay’s only The Nutcracker ballet with live orchestra will present three performances Thanksgiving Weekend, November 26-27, 2021 in Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 11:00 am.

The Nutcracker:

Friday, November 26, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 7:30 PM

NEWDO Artistic Director: Timothy Josephs

Weidner Philharmonic Conductor: Randall Meder

Featuring Guest Dancers from Carolina Ballet

Tickets Start at $17.50

“NEWDO and the Weidner Center have a shared mission dedicated to high quality artistic work, so this is a natural fit. We couldn’t be more pleased to add the talent of the Weidner Philharmonic to the long running Green Bay Nutcracker Ballet. Already a tradition in our community, we are honored to contribute live orchestral accompaniment and the beautiful, celebratory ambience of Cofrin Family Hall to this magical holiday event.” Says Kelli Strickland, Executive and Artistic Director of the Weidner Center.

Timothy Josephs, NEWDO’s Artistic Director, echoes the excitement. “For sixteen years, it has been my greatest pleasure to work with incredible dancers representing many different schools, communities and dance studios. I am sure you will be as delighted by their talent as I am. It is with great pride that our local dancers share the stage with former students who return from prestigious training programs and companies to share their professionalism and inspire the next generation. Above all, it is the audience that makes our shows a success. But none of this would be possible without an audience. We are grateful for the many families who have woven our performances into their holiday traditions. We hope to celebrate together at the Weidner Center for many years to come.”

Tickets for all three performances of The Nutcracker go on sale Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 11:00 am and are available through Ticket Star at, (800)895-0071 or at


About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Weidner Center is home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit, call 920-465-2726 or 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit



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