This winter season, Dallas area theaters will be host to an endless parade of professional and pre-professional productions of the classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker is the story of a young girl and her magical Nutcracker doll embarking on a thrilling adventure to a land filled with dancing toys mischievous mice, waltzing flowers, sparkling snowflakes and a beautiful sugar plumb fairy. The ballet is set to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite, a timeless, easily recognizable score heard in shopping malls, office buildings, elevators, airports and just about any public place during the Winter holiday season. It is also a production, as we wrote in 2011, that can make or break a ballet company.
In 2010 we compiled a general overview of each of the upcoming local productions of Nutcracker. Many of the traditions remain unchanged, however there are a few local companies that have added and adjusted their productions with new dancers, sets, costumes, and even a Las Vegas flying team.
Based in Fort Worth, Texas Ballet Theater will perform their Nutcracker at home in Bass Hall and in Dallas at the Winspear Opera House. The TBT performance is the only professional ballet company in North Texas, and it is just one of three professional ballet companies in Texas. Choreographed by world-renowned artistic director, Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., last year TBT acquired a million dollar production including new costumes and scenery along with some changes to choreography. The new version is much more elaborate than the previous production, and it includes a flying angel, flying carpet and other fun “magic” created by the “Flying by Foy” troupe out of Las Vegas.