Watch The Nutcracker: A 75th Anniversary Celebration
This Sunday at 6 ET | 3 PT, Ballet West's iconic performance of The Nutcracker is coming to your home! Featuring special cast interviews and insights along with the production, this is a glittering spectacle you won't want to miss.
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Meet The Nutcracker Dancers
They may be silent during the ballet, but these dancers have a lot to say! Find out what a day in Ballet West is like and what a dancer has to do to prepare for the stage.
Adrian: Hi, I'm Adrian Fry, and I'm the Snow King.
Emily: I'm Emily Adams, and I'm the Snow Queen.
Beckanne: I'm Beckanne Sisk, and I'm the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Chase: I'm Chase O'Connell, the Sugar Plum Cavalier.
BYUtv: What does a typical day look like?
Chase: We usually take class from 11 to 12:30, and then you have a 15-minute break. Then we could rehearse for up to two hours before a show. That will usually be at 7:00 at night.
Emily. So mostly taking naps, eating, warming up, and dancing.
Adrian: For the whole month of December.
Emily: Sometimes we go up to the studio beforehand, and do a few of our lifts and turns, just to make sure that we're feeling good that day.
Adrian: We usually put The Nutcracker together really quickly, and we've all been here for quite a while, so we kind of know our roles and know our parts. We always kind of put it together in about a week, and then we get on stage and it goes well.
Chase: Knock on wood.
BYUtv: Have any fun facts about The Nutcracker?
Adrian: Ballet West performs America's longest-running full-length production of The Nutcracker.
Emily: I started dancing The Nutcracker as a child, so throughout my whole dancing career, I have performed in every scene in Nutcracker except for battle scene and the Russian dance.
Adrian: I spend more time doing my hair than I do my makeup.
Chase: I spend more time doing my makeup than warming up.
BYUtv: How do you prepare for your roles?
Chase: I think Nutcracker is more of a mental game because it's so long and forty shows. Your body is pretty much fine. It's more like mentally. Are you there every night, focused on what you're doing and prepared?
Beckanne: I would say for the Sugar Plum Fairy, I definitely am thinking about that role all day before I perform it. All the other roles, I just kind of come in, and I just feel like I can bust that out. But for some reason, the Sugar Plum Fairy is so daunting to me.
Emily: I think I like to make it fresh each night because we perform the same parts over and over again. So I kind of have a story in my head of what I'm saying, so I'm not just doing the same moves over and over. There's something I'm trying to convey to the audience even if it's a role like Snow that doesn't really have an obvious character.
Adrian: I like to prepare for my roles by . . . I mean we have practice every day. We practice our lifts and our turns every day. And also by just remembering that The Nutcracker was my first ballet. It was a lot of people's first ballet. So, to always remember that is really important because there are a lot of maybe unawakened dance lovers in the audience, be they kids or adults. So that always makes it exciting to perform.
Chase: Yeah, I feel like whenever I'm in Act Two, I like to go backstage and watch party scene and battle scene and see the kids, see their enjoyment and remember why we started doing this. It's a fun thing to do.
Adrian: And I remember being a kid in the party scene, and Nutcracker was hands down my favorite time of year—just living in the theater for two weeks.
Chase: And not going to school.
Adrian: Yeah, missing school.
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