9 Things You Didn't Know About The Kansas City Ballet's Nutcracker

Here's a look behind-the-scenes at what goes into making the production so spectacular.



The Nutcracker

photo courtesy of KC Ballet photography brett pruitt & east market studios


 

1

275--

dancers are in the Nutcracker cast. 212 are children from the Kansas City Ballet School.

 

Nutcracker Kids

photo courtesy of jeremy Theron-Kirby


 

2

230--

 costumes are worn on stage in a single performance.

 

Nutcracker Costumes

PHOTO COURTESY OF JEREMY THERON-KIRBY


 

3

224--

pairs of pointe shoes are worn during the run of the Nutcracker. (Depending on the ballerina a pair of pointe shoes can be “worn through” during a single performance. A professional ballerina can dance through 100-120 pairs of pointe shoes in one season.)

 

Nutcracker Pointe

PHOTO COURTESY OF JEREMY THERON-KIRBY


 

4

142--

pounds of “snow” are dropped over the span of 22 shows.

 

Nutcracker Snow

PHOTO COURTESY OF kc ballet photography brett pruitt & east market studios


 

5

24--

 backdrops with 60 yards of canvas per backdrop (equal to more than 14 football fields) are used during the production.

 

Nutcracker Backdrops

photo courtesy of kc ballet photography brett pruitt & east market studios


 

6

8--

 dancers are hiding under Mother Ginger’s skirt.

 

Nutcracker Mother Ginger

photo courtesy of kc ballet photography brett pruitt


 

7

120 hours--

is the amount the cast will have rehearsed before the Nutcracker’s first performance at the Kauffman Center.

 

Nutcracker Practice

PHOTO COURTESY OF JEREMY THERON-KIRBY


 

8

14--

artists using 36 brushes and 283 cans of paint designed and painted the Nutcracker sets.

 

Nutcracker Makeup

PHOTO COURTESY OF JEREMY THERON-KIRBY


 

9

34,600--

was the number of tickets sold to the KCB’s Nutcracker in 2015. It set a Kansas City Ballet record for attendance.

 

Nutcracker Tickets Sold

PHOTO COURTESY kc ballet photography brett pruitt & east market studios