The Nutcracker Project

A campaign to raise funds to reimagine the Nutcracker Spectacular, Arkansas's largest and longest running holiday production. 

$75,000 GOAL 

Over four decades, hundreds of thousands of Arkansans have experienced the magic of Ballet Arkansas's beloved production of "The Nutcracker Spectacular." With live music by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the production features a cast of more than 300 dancers, singers, and musicians from all areas of the state. Each year, thousands of hours of labor are needed to upkeep the Spectacular's aging costumes and sets. While ample TLC keeps the production in working order, there's no better time than today, on #GivingTuesday, to launch the organization's campaign to revitalize the State's largest holiday production with stunning costumes, sets, and choreography to match. 

The Nutcracker Spectacular not only brings joy and wonder to nearly 10,000 Arkansans each December, but revenue earned through its annual presentation supports Ballet Arkansas's operations, and its world-class productions and education programs. Ballet Arkansas needs your help this holiday season to reimagine the Nutcracker Spectacular! Whether you're a former cast member, a loyal patron, or new to Ballet Arkansas, your support of The Nutcracker Project will instill hope, joy, and merriment in countless Arkansans for years to come. In reaching our goal of $75,000, many updates will be visible in 2023 and others will follow in 2024. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation of an amount significant to you, and the years to come will commemorate an exciting new era for the "Nutcracker Spectacular" and the State of Arkansas.

 

​Updates Include

  • Vibrant, newly-painted backdrops, including a growing Christmas tree - sized perfectly for touring regionally and throughout the Natural State

  • Elaborate original costumes for Act I and II

  • Beautiful set pieces and hand props for all scenes

  • Choreography and storytelling