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DEC. 9 & 10, 2022




Experience the show that everyone is talking about. "Hot Chocolate" returns to the Aronoff Center for its second year in a row!

Hot Chocolate is a unique retelling of the popular Nutcracker classic. The show blends African American culture, original music, exciting visual elements and of course great choreography to tell a moving story.  

Hot Chocolate is proud to be the regions African American Nutcracker Experience performed by a Professional Ballet Company. The show is responsible for Cincinnati's first African American Sugar Plum Fairy to perform the role on a professional stage in the city.

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The Story.

After a difficult year, and headed into Christmas time, a father works to bring a smile to his daughter, Ciara's face. Desperate, he enlists the help of the mystical Uncle Dre to put together an epic Christmas party.

Uncle Dre comes through with delicious food, great music and more family to share it all with. Of course, he wields some magic for the kids at the party, turning dolls to life. But when his magic gets into the wrong hands, the whole party is threatened. The only hope to save the party is to bring Ciara's beloved Nutcracker Doll to life as well.

An upbeat party, epic battle and moving snow scene remind us of the traditional Nutcracker. Original music, RDT's signature production elements, and an almost completely African American cast, promises to make this most original, fun and BLACK Nutcracker you've ever attended!


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