By Kathi E.B. Ellis for WFPL
November 29th, 2017
This holiday season, “The Nutcracker” continues a Louisville tradition that’s lasted decades. This year’s motto for the Louisville Ballet’s Brown-Forman Nutcracker is “everything it’s cracked up to be.” And the Ballet is adding lots of ancillary programming to live up to this assertion.
The most substantial of this programming is at the Frazier Museum: “Nutcracker The Exhibition: 60 Years of Magic and Majesty” runs through January 7, 2018. If you are a long-time fan of “The Nutcracker,” you’ll feel very much at home as you experience this exhibit. For Nutcracker neophytes, this is a great introduction to the holiday classic.
Three generations of Louisville Ballet leadership have contributed to this lovingly-imagined homage to “The Nutcracker.” The ballet has been performed in Louisville since 1952; through the mid-1970s, selections were performed by the Louisville Civic Ballet, paving the way for today’s full-scale extravaganza.