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The organization's campaign to update 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, and is the third largest tourism event in Little Rock!


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, we've launched a campaign to revitalize the state's largest holiday production with stunning costumes, sets, and choreography to match over the next 5 years.

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. 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.


**Minor updates will be visible in 2023 with more significant updates to follow in future years. ​


Updates include:

  • Vibrant, freshly 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

  • Brand new choreography for all Acts

Nutcracker Project Donors

22|23 Season


Susana and Camilo Barreto - Hr. Nutcracker Project

Sara Shalin - Hr. Dancers of Ballet Arkansas

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

Megan Hall

Jennings and Brittany Boyette

Stacey Sebree

Julie 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

Andy Terry

Abby 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

Thank You!



Company Artist, Celeste Lopez-Keranen in one 6 beautiful snow tutus from the Snow scene from Act I of the Nutcracker Spectacular - purchased with funds raised from the Nutcracker Project.

*Durable and beautiful professional-quality tutus range in cost from $200-$1,500 per tutu.

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