SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The renowned Broadway-level production known for its marionettes and animal puppets, the NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet, is coming to Syracuse’s Landmark Theatre on Nov. 29.
This year marks the 31st annual North American tour of this beloved family tradition, created by world-renowned ballet virtuosos and featuring dancers from the great opera houses of Ukraine and 40 world-class artists from Japan, Italy, Turkey, and more.
Audiences might also recognize local faces in the show as Dance Centre North in Syracuse partnered with the show audition director, Anna Trofimova, company soloist, to cast dancers to perform in the show.
“The international scale of the production is truly unique. With Artistic Direction from the birthplace of classical ballet in Kyiv, Ukraine to rising ballet capitals around the world we have built a world class team,” says Dan Talmi, Executive Producer of Talmi Entertainment and the son of co-founders Mary Giannone and Akiva Talmi. “We’re the only nationally touring Nutcracker production, so we strive to top ourselves each year,” he continued. “There is a sense of pride and responsibility when it comes to this show. It has become a holiday tradition in households across the country and our team works year round to give audiences the best of everything – the best talent, production value, costumes – you name it.”
The ballet features costumes by Arthur Oliver, and hand-painted drops by Scenic Designer Carl Sprague, frequent concept illustrator for filmmaker Wes Anderson.
The final spectacle and centerpiece of the last act is a Christmas tree handcrafted by European artisans, that grows to 100 feet.
“The visionary team at Talmi Entertainment brings together 75 world-renowned ballet artists from 16 ballet capitals, transcending geographical boundaries to create a spectacle of unity this holiday season, traveling to 86 cities in North America,” stated Nutcracker.