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Ballet Arkansas's campaign to update Arkansas's largest and longest-running holiday production. 

$100,000 FIVE YEAR GOAL 

($20,000 per year)


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, and is the largest and longest-running holiday production in Little Rock. 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 that serve Arkansas communities across 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, in the winter of 2022, Ballet Arkansas launched a 5-year campaign to revitalize the state's beloved production with stunning costumes, sets, and choreography to match.


  • Updated Rental Drops for all scenes - with options to purchase!

  • Updated Choreography in Party Scene, Battle Scene, Snow Scene, Tea/Candy Cane/Flowers Divertissements, Grand Pas

  • New Costumes for Nutcracker, Rat King, Snow Scene (company only), Hot Chocolate/Tea/Candy Cane/Marzipan/Flower Divertissements, Grand Pas


  • Acknowledgement from the stage on Opening Night of the production

  • Recognition in digital and print mentions of the role sponsored, upon request: The Sugar Plum Fairy, presented courtesy of John Doe

  • Commemorative photo of your costume's first performance on stage

  • Backstage tour on Opening Night of the production, upon request

Whether you're a former cast member, a loyal patron, or new to Ballet Arkansas, your support of The Nutcracker Project will instill joy in countless Arkansans for years to come. 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. Please contact Michael Fothergill, Executive and Artistic Director at to discuss your Nutcracker Project donation benefits today. Please




Susana and Camilo Barreto

Sara Shalin - Hr. Dancers of Ballet Arkansas

Dr. Salvador Lopez-Arias - Hr. Celeste Lopez-Keranen

Megan Hall

Jennings and Brittany Boyette

Stacey Sebree

Julie and Steve Fothergill

James and Stacy Bell

Maradyth McKenzie

Jessica Lasley

Gail & Phil Garratt

Andrea Timpa

Angela Shirey - Hr. Rosevelt and Bertine Frierson

Earl and Suzanne Babbie

Karen Bassett

Carolyn Lay

Dillon Hupp

Emily Erkel

Dr. Andy Terry

Abby O. Jennings

Sandy Miller - Hr. Alex Miller

Melodie Britt

Jacey Harris

Vikki Harris

Lisa Johnson

Nikki Lovell

Susanna Jarratt - Hr. David Jarratt

Mary McCraw

Lesley Roberts

Dr. Monica Lo 

Sarah Smith - Hr. Abby Jennings

Linda Young 

Lindsay and Tony Tabor

Jinna Compton

Katie Parson

Larry Johnson

Heather Moore Richard Tripodi - HR Ballet Arkansas Leadership and their continued success

Neha Vyas

Justin Bank

Gary Nash

Ryan and LeeAnn Hackley 

Ronald and Rebecca Werle, HR Annalise Patel

Boyette Strategic Advisors




Company Artist Celeste Lopez - Keranen pictured in a new Snow costume purchased with Year 1 funds received through the Nutcracker Project!

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