- In some productions, “Clara” is the name of the lead character and
not “Marie.” However, in the original story, “Marie” is the name of the
girl and “Clara” is the name of her doll.
- Rehearsals for our production
of The Nutcracker begin in early September.
- This year’s production includes
over 110 cast members and over 200 costumes.
- Approximately thirty people
work backstage to assist with music, lights, costume changes, and sets.
has three dreams. The first dream begins when the jack-in-the-box awakens
her. The second dream begins when the first group of mice enters until
the end of the battle scene. The last one is when she gets back on the
bed and goes back to sleep before waking up before the prince.
- The Mouse
King has 7 heads. There is one large one with six additional heads protruding
- In order for Marie’s bed to move, someone gets underneath to
steer it. Usually it’s our Artistic Director!
- Mother Ginger’s dress is
in two pieces, the upper bodice that actually fits the Mother Ginger
character and the skirt. The skirt fits over an oblong stage set made
of wood that sits on top of the actual moving part which someone steers
- It takes about 10 hours to steam the wrinkles from Mother
- The Sugar Plum Fairy’s costume has 32 pieces of beaded
candy decorating the tutu.
- The week of The Nutcracker, our dancers collectively
go through about 2 pounds of bobby pins (hair pins).
- In 2009, students
from 24 Mississippi municipalities attended the school performances of
Ballet Mississippi’s The Nutcracker.
- Thalia Mara Hall, the auditorium
where The Nutcracker is performed, is named for Ballet Mississippi’s
first director, Thalia Mara. Later, she brought the International Ballet
Competition to Jackson, which still occurs every four years. Jackson
Auditorium became Thalia Mara Hall to honor her contribution
to Jackson’s cultural life.
- Peter Illyitch Tschaikovsky is the composer
who wrote the music for the ballet. The Nutcracker was first performed
n Russia in 1892, and was considered a failure. Tschaikovsky died less
than one year later; therefore, he never knew what a huge success and
popular holiday tradition the ballet later became.
- This year is Ballet
Mississippi’s 30th anniversary of performing The Nutcracker.