“Nutcracker” Youth Coloring Contest

Students in grades K-6 are invited to take part in a coloring contest for an opportunity to win tickets to a performance and behind-the-scenes tour of Interlochen Arts Academy's "The Nutcracker."

We’re delighted to announce the winners of our inaugural Nutcracker Coloring Contest: Nellie, age 6, and Stella, age 10!

We received so many incredible entries—it was difficult to choose just two winners! Nellie and Stella will receive free tickets to an evening performance as well as a pre-curtain backstage tour.

Thank you to all the wonderful young artists who shared their work with us. We hope to see you at The Nutcracker next week!

A drawing of a scene from "The Nutcracker" by Stella, age 10

The prize-winning drawing by Stella, age 10. 

A Nutcracker drawing colored by Nellie, age 6

The prize-winning entry by Nellie, age 6.

A dancing bear

A dancing bear entertains guests at the Stahlbaum home.

Clara admires the Nutcracker as Herr Drosselmeyer looks on

Clara admires her gift from Herr Drosselmeyer.

Clara flees from the Mouse King and his minions

Clara and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker prince leads the charge against the Mouse King

The Nutcracker prince leads the charge against the Mouse King.

The Sugar Plum Fairy

The Sugar Plum Fairy dances for Clara and Herr Drosselmeyer.

Two snowflake fairies

Two snowflakes welcome Clara to the Land of Sweets.

To celebrate the return of live audiences to Interlochen Arts Academy’s The Nutcracker this season, Interlochen will host a youth drawing contest for an opportunity to win tickets to a performance. The contest runs Nov. 15 through Dec. 1, with winners announced Dec. 2. Winners will receive their choice of four tickets for either the Friday, Dec. 10 or Saturday, Dec. 11 evening performance, and a pre-curtain behind-the-scenes tour. All entries must be received by Dec. 1 to be eligible.

How to enter the contest

To participate, students must be in grades K-6.

Step 1: Color this drawing, adding your own whimsical details, or draw your favorite scene or character from The Nutcracker. You may choose whichever moment or character you wish—from the Sugar Plum Fairy to Herr Drosselmeyer, from the battle against the Mouse King to the Waltz of the Flowers and beyond. Use your imagination and be creative!

Download coloring page

Step 2: Submit your drawing in one of three ways, including your first name and age:

  • Post a photo of it on Instagram with the hashtag #InterlochenNutcracker and tag @interlochenarts
  • Email it to nutcracker@interlochen.org
  • Mail it to Interlochen Center for the Arts, Attn: Mouse King, PO Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643-0199

Review of entries

Two winners will be selected, one from the 5-8 year old bracket, and one from the 9-12 year old bracket. Winners will be selected based on their creativity, originality, and execution.

Announcement of winners

The winners will be announced on Dec. 2, 2021. Announcements will be made on Interlochen’s Instagram account and on this webpage.