The Nutcracker

Arts & Culture
5:45 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Let It Show, Let It Show, Let It Show: For Kansas City Performers, Holidays Mean Work

Peggy Friesen (Mrs. Fezziwig) gets some holiday cheer from Jim Gall (Fezziwig) in 'A Christmas Carol.'
Credit Don Ipock / Kansas City Repertory Theatre

For generations of Kansas City families attending big shows such as A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker and The Messiah is a holiday tradition. But these shows are equally important traditions for the organizations that produce them.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

[VIDEO] Behind the Scenes: The Kansas City Ballet Costume Shop Prepares For 'The Nutcracker'

Dressed in an elaborately beaded gown, Sarah Chun poses in the costume shop.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

In a basement room of the ​Bolender Center, Costume Shop Supervisor Jennifer Carroll and her assistant Joey Gee spend busy days fitting and repairing the costumes as the Kansas City Ballet prepares for its annual production of The Nutcracker.

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Dance
10:00 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Inside The Nutcracker

This year marks the Kansas City Ballet’s 39th annual production of The Nutcracker. It’s a holiday tradition, with a cast of more than 200, mostly children.

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Rebecca Smith, the stage manager, is the one charged with the herculean task of coordinating all of the students, dancers, costumes and props. Not surprisingly, she's hard to keep up with this time of year.

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