Inspired by the holiday classic, “Twelve Days of Christmas,” it seemed time to tally all the offerings of true love which come together to make up one of the most amazing gifts given and received each holiday season: CVCB’s production of The Nutcracker.
Though we only have two “leaping lords,” in the company, our company women total 35 ladies dancing… who are outnumbered again by a public cast of 48! And the pipers' pipes and drummers' drums are replaced by over 90 props used on stage - from the horns, dolls, and stemware for toasting at the party, to the guns of the battle scene, to the flower hoops beautifying the waltz of the flowers. (Speaking of piping and drumming, however, the music for each performance is provided by a 38 member orchestra. What a delight to hear Tchaikovsky’s classic LIVE!)
Approximately 435 costume pieces are cared for by one amazing Debi King, although she’d probably love the help of 8 maids... if they could sew! It takes about 125 man hours working on costumes to alter, prepare for them for the show, and then clean and put them away again. The average lifespan of a costume is roughly 10 years, and it’s a good thing: it would take hundreds and hundreds of man hours to create a new show from top to bottom. To replace only the short and long tutus in Nutcracker would require over 2,700 yards of fabric!
Over 160 hours are spent rehearsing, so while there are no swans a-swimming, the swirling snowflakes, twirling marzipan, bounding buffoons and all the rest know their steps. And all that toe-twirling is made possible by the ballet boutique in the lobby during each show, with the goal of raising at least $2,220 to provide one pair of pointe shoes for each lady dancing in the company.
Finally, and more precious than five gold rings are the 1,010 man hours of service rendered by volunteers including (for example): 280 hours by parent volunteers; 48 hours to set up, staff, and take down the Sugar Plum Tea Parties; 24 hours to unload and repack the show once it closes; and 98 hours on applying make-up on performers!
Thank you, thank you, Cache Valley! Nutcracker is a labor of true love! We’re so pleased to be able to share it with you again this year!