Nutcracker Journeys to the Magical Land of Greenville
December 4, 2015
The Greenville News published an article about The Nutcracker: One Upon a Time in Greenville. Read an exert below, and read the full article on the Greenville New’s Website.
CBT’s production, which premiered two years ago, takes place in a fairytale Greenville, made of chocolate and candy, with backdrops of recognizable landmarks such as the Liberty Bridge in Falls Park.
“The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville” continues this weekend with three more performances though Sunday at the Peace Center.
“The scenery is downtown Greenville,” said Hernan Justo, CBT’s artistic director. “We know the Liberty Bridge was not built in 1890 (when the ballet premiered), but we think the audience will forgive us for that.”
Justo’s production of the ballet includes the familiar music by Tchaikovsky and the traditional “Nutcracker” storyline.
“I’m not changing the traditional choreography by Marius Petipa,” Justo said. “He was a genius. But I do try to make the narrative more accessible.”
The story is danced against a scenic design that features not only Falls Park but an idealized Greenville Main Street punctuated by a Shoeless Joe Jackson statue.
The production features about 180 dancers in all, with two casts of 90 dancers each, many from CBT’s academy.