Nutcracker, Sweet! 

The Nevada Ballet Theatre production brings the 'wow' factor

Photo by Virginia Trudeau

Photo by Virginia Trudeau

Nevada Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker offers something slightly strange. “Think of it as a Tim Burton-meets-Dr.-Seuss take on the classic,” artistic director James Canfield says. “It’s a little forward thinking, but the narrative is still there.”

Costumes, choreography and the setting are all enhanced. Canfield took an exaggerated approach—placing the audience in the shoes of 7-year-old Clara. “The idea of ‘bigger than life’ is how we see things as a child,” he says. “How do we reinvent that, reimagine it so an adult can see it through the eyes of a child again?” The answer is found in a 40-foot-tall dollhouse and the enormous, colorful costume of Mother Ginger. But there is another reason for the goal of childlike amazement. Canfield hopes to re-create the Strip’s “wow” factor.

“Shows in Las Vegas are like nowhere else in the world because they’re epic in scale,” he says. “We tried to have that as an experience. The scale of it is definitely like nowhere else in the world, I can guarantee you that.”

The Smith Center, various times Dec. 13-21, $29 and up, 702-749-2000;

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