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

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