It would be difficult to imagine Christmastime in Pittsburgh without The Nutcracker. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s holiday crowd-pleaser is back on stage at Benedum Center through December 27th. Audiences of all ages are enamored by its enchanting sets, candy-colored costumes, and passionate choreography, beautifully wrapped together with Tchaikovsky’s fantastical score.
As the story unfolds, don’t miss the Pittsburgh touches such as the large proscenium clock, inspired by the Kaufmann’s department store clock. The Nutcracker is based on the classic tale by German author E.T.A. Hoffman. Since its premiere in 1892, it has become one of the most popular ballets of all time. PBT’s staff and dancers have graciously allowed us to present a rare look at this year’s production both backstage … and on stage.
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Martha Rial is a Pittsburgh native and a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer.