Are you planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker this season?
There are many Nutcrackers to choose from, but this Seattle performance by the Pacific Northwest Ballet is the most recognized of them all. This year is the first presentation of the George Balanchine production of The Nutcracker, including new set designs by illustrator Ian Falconer (of Olivia the Pig fame).
If you want to attend this Nutcracker, be sure to sign up here for special email offers. You’ll also be glad to know you can get tickets for as little as 25.00 to some performances-just check their home page for those special dates-no promo codes required.
You may also want to look for discount tickets to the Nutcracker on ticket discounter Goldstar. Link takes you to last year’s, but this year’s shows will be right below it and in the sidebar. You’ll want to compare these deals to the deals you can get on the PNB site with the links in the ads at the top and bottom of this post.
And, just for fun, you’ll also want to share some Nutcracker fun facts with your aspiring ballerinas and young culture vultures! Read on for these super fun details sent over from our PNB friends. Sharing them before you go will make seeing the show in person even more magical!
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ by the Numbers
- There are 174 velvet diamonds and 322 jewels on the Harlequin costume.
- 640: Black pompoms on the eight Polichinelle costumes.
- 697: Petals on the Waltz of the Flowers costumes.
- 10 feet and 60 pounds: The width and weight of Mother Ginger’s skirt.
- 175: Number of snaps on the Mother Ginger costume.
- 4,000: Holes cut by hand to create the lace “doily” tutus and headpieces for the Marzipan costumes.
- 300: Jewels hand-sewn on the two Arabian (peacock) headpieces.
- 500: Yards of tubular horsehair used for the Party Mothers’ hairpieces.
- 1,428: Cabochons sewn onto the Spanish women’s costumes.
- 2,568: Appliques machine-sewn on the seven Spanish dresses.
- There are 22 painted drops.
- 3,000 square yards of fabric were used in the creation of the scenery.
- 343 gallons of paint were used in the painting of the scenery.
- The corridor scrim at the top of the show depicts Nutcracker historical figures Alexander Dumas, E.T.A. Hoffman, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, George Balanchine, and Lincoln Kirstein.
- An actual walnut was used to model the construction and painting of the Nut Boat.
- It took 400 hours to build the Christmas tree. At its full height it stands 40 feet. There are 450 lights on it.
- 30 cubic feet of “snow” will be deployed during the Act I Snow scene, per performance.
- 98 yards of “fur” have been used to create the mice. They have a total of 230 whiskers. Each adult tail consists of 25 segments. Each ear is made up of six pieces.
- Laid end-to-end, the mice’s upper lips total 782 inches.
There will be all that and so much more magic to discover!
If you’d like to read some thoughts on how to choose The Nutcracker for your family, you might want to check out our complete Nutcracker guide here.
Disclosure: We are proud to bring you this post sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Ballet.