A few words on The Nutcracker from Artistic Director and Choreographer James CanfieldEvery world class city has a great ballet company and not one of them is without a production of The Nutcracker. Why? The Nutcracker is a way of life for every company, large or small. There is no other work in the ballet repertoire that embraces the community it serves by extending to all cultures and diverse populations – where for two hours, everyone has the opportunity to experience something unique and beautiful."
For these reasons, and more to follow, NBT has created a original production of The Nutcracker, unique to Las Vegas.
Beyond the artistic and financial success of The Nutcracker, this ballet is the conduit that enhances relationships with the community through special performances for underserved communities and those in need as well as sponsorship opportunities for local businesses and corporations.The artistic nature of The Nutcracker also allows retired dancers to return to the strange and at times invites local celebrities to participate in the many character roles this ballet offers.
For the current dancers of NBT, The Nutcracker is the one ballet that gives them new opportunities with more challenging roles and responsibilities that they may not receive during a regular dance season. For our affiliated Academy, The Nutcracker is probably the most important aspect of a students training. Here is where they recieve the opportunity to rehears in the same studio and perform on the same stage as the professional company. This level of exposure and commitment of time introduces these young people to the hard work that is ahead.
Finally, The Nutcracker employ musicians, a production crew, ushers and box office personnel among others and keeps them very busy year after year. Rounded out with hundreds of volunteers and parents of students, this effort truly embraces, engages and involves the community at large. The Nutcracker is not just a ballet of quality and tradition. It is a key element that educates, entertains and builds on the community is serves.