Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Notcracker

While we will not be allowed to perform a traditional “The Nutcracker” we are going to do our best to inject a little of the show’s holiday spirt into the community. A.V.A. Ballet Theatre and the Reno Phil will take the lemons they have been given and make lemonade.

First, we will be doing pop-up mini dances all throughout the community. Several Reno Phil musicians and A.V.A. Ballet Theatre dancers will perform a suite, such as the Mirlitons, from “The Nutcracker” at a museum, a restaurant, and other public spaces. We can’t announce in advance where these pop-ups will occur because we can’t risk drawing a large unsafe crowd. But we plan to have a little Mother Ginger here and mice and soldiers over there. Keep on the lookout for the holiday fun.

In addition, we are going to perform excerpts of Act II at the Pioneer Center. We can do Act II because maintaining social distancing with the dancers is possible. So the lucky 50 people in the theater will get to see Spanish, Chinese, Arabian, Mother Ginger, Russians, Waltz of the Flowers, and the Sugar Plum Fairy perform. There will be a much reduced Reno Phil in front of the stage, not in the orchestra pit. Sets will be minimal but we want to let the dancers perform and show us the talent they have been forced to put on hold for the last seven months.

Finally, the entire month of December, we will be streaming an encore performance of last year’s “The Nutcracker”.  It was the 25th anniversary production and if you need your “The Nutcracker” fix it is extremely entertaining. We are also having our popular Nutcracker boutique set up in the Pioneer lobby throughout December 5th, 12th, and 19th 1pm to 3pm. I know many people collect Nutcrackers so you can purchase a Nutcracker and help a worthwhile non-profit organization. We will post details of these events on-line at