Wirth Watching: The Nutcracker

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - It is a traditional part of the holidays, the Nutcracker Ballet. For over a half century, it is a history of the arts that is “Wirth Watching”. Utahns have a chance to pause and escape into the world of fantasy through the eyes of children.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - It is a traditional part of the holidays, the Nutcracker Ballet. 

For over a half century, it is a history of the arts that is “Wirth Watching”.

Utahns have a chance to pause and escape into the world of fantasy through the eyes of children.

 

The excitement over the Nutcracker starts with a fresh look at the capital theater. It re-opened just in time for the gift of the nutcracker, with the elegant staging, the dancing bear, the guy who partied a bit too much, and the best of ballet west.

It all takes place because a utah native once took a chance on the almost forgotten ballet.

 

The genius behind the nutcracker worked into his 99th year devoted to ballet before he died in 2001. Willam Christensen is the reason we have the world class Ballet West and the Nutcracker.

 

 “Critic balled me out for digging up an old thing. He didn't know the elements were on my side and then we were sold out before we opened,” said Christensen.

 

The Ballet West co-founder was actually a star in San Francisco back then. It was Utah symphony conductor Maurice Abravenal who talked Mr. C into coming back to Utah. He had a heck of a time because Abravenal said this is the Nutcracker but I said the dancers aren't good, so he started america's first ballet school at the U of U.

 

With a lot more practice and a little more makeup, they leaped up to the nutcracker and it’s been a holiday party ever since.


The Nutcracker runs until December 30th.

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