Twins Cities Ballet is bringing back another year of its production “The Nutcracker” with a new look on at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8 in Braden Auditorium.
The biggest change to this year’s production is the $11,000 funding for a new backdrop during one of the scenes.
There will also be a guest artist from Brazil, named Stephano Condreva, performing.
“[‘The Nutcracker’] is festive and a more traditional ballet,” Julie Weidmann, President of Twin Cities Ballet, said.
“It’s more entertaining to the kids and makes sense to them.”
More than 120 dancers came out to audition for “The Nutcracker,” which is the most this production has ever had.
“We never had that many people come to audition for ‘The Nutcracker,’” Weidmann said. “We even had a lot more boys than usual.”
Weidmann explained that the costumes for “The Nutcracker” change yearly in order to keep attracting audiences. Weidmann herself designs the costumes.
During the intermissions, performers will be in the hallways so children and parents can take pictures with their favorite characters.
“The Nutcracker” will be holding special matinee performances at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. Teachers in the community are encouraged to bring their classes to these performances.
“The school matinees target kids in the community to teach them about the arts,” Weidmann said. “Over 4,000 kids come and it is a shorter version of the actual show.”
“The Nutcracker” performance is a tradition for Bloomington-Normal and this year will bring even more surprises.
“Our goal is to keep the arts in the community and make it accessible to all people,” Weidmann explained.
“[‘The Nutcracker’] is one of the ballets that has a good storyline.”
Tickets for “The Nutcracker” are $22, free with children two and under and are available through Braden Box Office or Ticketmaster.