Kansas City Ballet Featuring The Nutcracker

By | December 7, 2012

“The Nutcracker”, performed by Kansas City’s own professional Ballet group, has reached the 40-year mark. However, the one thing that you will notice is that the version is like a fine wine—it seems to never lose its great taste. The drama, the beauty, the added tidbits of humor and nostalgic favorites have stood ballet’s test of time. Blair Stover has more on this story below.

Todd Bolender, who choreographs this version based on the great George Balachine’s work, uses his artistic mastermind to pull off some of the most inspirational ballet work of the 21st century. Peter Tchaikovsky’s melodies and renditions are perfectly portrayed while William Whitener, who is the artistic director, calls this his final season.

The production, which is staged at the beautiful Muriel Kauffman Theatre, has multiple casts, in which three dancers can play a single role. There are about 200 dancers from the University of Missouri at Kansas and the KC Ballet School who play a role in the production of “The Nutcracker”.

This version is one that will leave an impression. Considered as one of the most endearing and whimsical of all productions of “The Nutcracker” ever produced, every scene will leave you on the edge of you seat waiting to see what happens next. There will always be elements that you can look forward to, like the children’s chorus when the snowflakes dance happens or the angels and their orchestra of make believe. One thing is sure—it is a must see.

“The Nutcracker” will continue on through December 23rd and will stay at the Kauffman Center. You can visit KCBallet.org for more information or call 816-931-2232

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