Symphony Nova Scotia’s production of The Nutcracker opens today and continues with performances until mid-December. A Halifax tradition, the family-friendly concert features larger-than-life puppets, dancing, and Tchaikovsky’s iconic music.
Here are five fun facts from Symphony Nova Scotia we thought you should know about The Nutcracker:
1. The Spirit of Winter
The Spirit of Winter puppet (pictured above) is over 20 feet tall and took almost a month to build. His head is made from a large block of styrofoam and shaped using an electric chainsaw.
2. A yearly tradition for 29 years
3. Working in the pit
Many of Symphony Nova Scotia’s musicians have never seen The Nutcracker because they’re always performing in the pit beneath the stage.
4. Lights, action!
The Nutcracker‘s lighting design was recently redone in its entirety by the same designer who created the original lighting.
5. Photo memories
New this year, Symphony Nova Scotia will host a Nutcracker photo booth complete with authentic props from the show.
The Nutcracker opens at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium (6101 University Ave, Halifax) on December 6 and continues with performances until December 15. Visit symphonynovascotia.ca for the complete schedule, tickets and more information.