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ON ROCKY MOUNTAIN PBS
PRESENTED BY PNC BANK

The magical spirit of the season comes to life in this acclaimed production and beloved holiday favorite that sells out every year. Tune in to view this special presentation of Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker on Rocky Mountain PBS. Join Clara and her army of toy soldiers as they battle the Mouse King and journey to the legendary land of Sweets.

Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker premieres on Rocky Mountain PBS on Thanksgiving at 7pm.

The Nutcracker is Colorado Ballet’s longest running production and a beloved holiday tradition for countless families. The loss of ticket revenue from this single production is substantial. With the spirit of holiday giving in mind, we ask Colorado Ballet’s patrons and the general arts-loving public to consider making a contribution this holiday season. In light of this need, Colorado Ballet has launched a Relief & Recovery Fund.

With a fundraising goal of $3 million, this fund will help to cover a significant portion of the lost ticketing revenue, helping Colorado Ballet to emerge from this crisis as the strong company it has become over the past 60 years. View Colorado Ballet’s Relief and Recovery Campaign.

BRODCAST SCHEDULE ON ROCKY MOUNTAIN PBS

Thursday
Nov. 26 – 7pm 
Friday
Nov. 27 – 3pm
Friday
Dec. 18 – 9pm 
Saturday
Dec. 19 – 1am
Thursday
Dec. 24 – 7pm 
Friday
Dec. 25 – 12am

For information about how to access the Rocky Mountain PBS channel in a specific area, please visit rmpbs.org/channels.

The production may also be streamed at no cost any time throughout the holiday season on the Rocky Mountain PBS app, downloadable at rmpbs.org/pbs-video-app.

SYNOPSIS

The curtain rises to reveal Herr Drosselmeyer in his workshop preparing for the party at the home of Dr. and Frau Stahlbaum. It’s their annual Christmas Eve Party. The magical and eccentric Herr Drosselmeyer has planned a special surprise for his beloved godchild, Clara Stahlbaum. He presents her with a wonderfully mysterious wooden Nutcracker.

Clara is immediately taken with the gift. Clara’s brother Fritz is jealous and steals the Nutcracker from Clara. In the chaos of his teasing, Fritz accidentally breaks the Nutcracker. Herr Drosselmeyer comes to the rescue and assures Clara that all will be well.

The party ends and Clara, just before the stroke of midnight, returns to the darkened living room to check on her Nutcracker. She is frightened by large mice, but suddenly, Herr Drosselmeyer appears and the mice flee. Much to Clara’s amazement, Herr Drosselmeyer commands the Christmas tree to grow to such an enormous size that it pushes away the entire room. Next, he changes her little wooden toy into a life-size Nutcracker. The Nutcracker introduces himself and his soldiers to Clara.

The mice suddenly reappear and a vicious battle ensues. The soldiers seem to be winning, but the great Mouse King appears and the tide turns. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King fight, and just as the Mouse King is about to overpower the Nutcracker, Clara distracts him, giving the Nutcracker the chance to overcome the Mouse King.

To Clara’s delight and surprise, the Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome young prince, who takes her off on an enchanted journey. He takes her to the Land of the Snow and then to the beautiful Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy, where Clara is entertained by dances from many lands.

Clara and the Prince dance together, surrounded by radiant flowers. The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier then dance for Clara and the Prince. The Prince carries a sleeping Clara back to her home, where she awakens uncertain if her magical journey was a dream or reality.

CAST
THE NUTCRACKER CREDITS

Based on Choreography by Martin Friedmann
Additional Choreography by Sandra Brown
Staged by Sandra Brown, Lorita Travaglia and Maria Mosina
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
Based on the Story by E.T.A. Hoffman
Scenery and Costumes by Jose Varona
Additional Costumes by Colorado Ballet Wardrobe Department
Lighting Design by Todd Elmer
Associate Lighting Designer Patrick “Red” Howard

CASTING

Clara and Nutcracker Prince
Sarah Tryon and Francisco Estevez

Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier 
Chandra Kuykendall and Christophor Moulton

ACT I

Fritz
Kevin Gaël Thomas

Frau Stahlbaum
Morgan Buchanan

Dr. Stahlbaum
Joshua Allenback

Drosselmeyer
Gregory K. Gonzales

Clara’s Friends
Sheridan Guerin, Kyra Hughes, Gabriela Rodriguez, Nani Ross

Maids
Jacqueline Gionet, Hannah Lesold

Parents
Robbie Downey, Alexandra Gilliom, Madeleine Kuebler, Ever Larson, Ariel McCarty, Simon Zinabu Costello, Liam Hogan, Tyler Humphrey, Tate Lee, Jacob Ray

Aunt
Francesca Martoccio

Grandmother and Grandfather 
Eileen Fenner, Dan Fenner

Doll 
Fernanda Oliveira

Soldier Doll 
Jeremy Studinski

Mouse King 
Benjamin Winegar

Mice 
Tate Lee, Alejandro Perez, Tyler Rhoads, Alexander Roy, Marty St. Pierre, Jeremy Studinski

Crystals 
Morgan Buchanan, Tracy Jones, Fernanda Oliveira, Melissa Zoebisch

Snow 
Renee Castonguay, Arianna Ciccarelli, Christina Cummings, Madeleine Kuebler, Hannah Lesold, Francesca Martoccio, Ariel McCarty, Leah McFadden, Beverly Mitchell, Lauren Philson, Gabriela Rodriguez, Rosemary Shahani, Daniella Silverman, McKenzie Thomas, Sara Thomas, Alexandra Wilson

ACT II

Spanish 
Ariel McCarty, Sara Thomas, Tyler Rhoads

Arabian 
Fernanda Oliveira, Nicolas Pelletier

Chinese 
Bryce Lee

Lion 
Alejandro Perez, Jacob Ray, Marty St. Pierre

Marzipan 
Arianna Ciccarelli, Leah McFadden, Simon Zinabu Costello

Russian  
Alexandra Wilson, Joshua Allenback, Tate Lee

Mother Ginger  
Tyler Humphrey

Dew Drop  
Asuka Sasaki

Flowers  
Catherine Aoki, Isabella Browne, Renee Castonguay, Sheridan Guerin, Madeleine Kuebler, Gabriele Lukasik, Francesca Martoccio, Catherine McGregor, Gabriela Rodriguez, Rosemary Shahani, McKenzie Thomas, Shelby Vennekotter

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