This holiday season the joy and adventure of The Nutcracker ballet returns with the Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall.
The popular holiday performance begins its run December 11 and follows Clara through her enchanting Christmas Eve.
According to The Moscow Ballet, The Nutcracker ballet was first performed in December of 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was first performed in England in 1934, and made it’s way to America in 1944 with a performance by The San Francisco Ballet.
This holiday season as the story comes to life on stage in Phoenix, dancers will use more than 300 pairs of custom made pointe shoes, most shoes last only one performance.
More than 100,000 Swarovski crystals sparkle in the The Nutcracker’s snow scene.
The elaborate holiday production uses more than 100 set pieces brought in on five tractor trailers and two 24-foot trucks that also tow lights and special effects to Symphony Hall for the production.
Arizona’s production of The Nutcracker was created in 2006. Bringing the show to life on stage in Phoenix cost $1.8 million.
If you attend The Nutcracker in Phoenix plan to come early, before each performance cast members take part in pre-show events including photos and storytelling with the Sugar Plum Fairy underneath a 20-foot Christmas Tree.
The Nutcracker will return to Symphony Hall from December 11 to December 27, Tickets start at $15. Purchase tickets here.