#FridayFive: 5 things about Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker plays the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium with performances December 6-15

The Spirit of Winter is one of the many surprises awaiting audiences at Symphony Nova Scotia's The Nutcracker.

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

The Nutcracker has been produced every single December for the last 29 years with its partners from Halifax Dance and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

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.