Heightchew, Nissinen, and Phillips hope the change-up will bring in a new audience as well as continue to charm those who keep coming back every year, offering something new and familiar at the same time.
"We really have two audiences: the group that is coming to see The Nutcracker because it's a holiday tradition and the kids want to come see it, and then there's a ballet audience that is also coming to see it. There is something there for both audiences, and it works on a lot of different levels."
As for the old costumes, they have an entire storeroom full of them, which they plan to sell along with the set. They hope to sell it all to other ballet houses, but there's a chance collectors and fans of the ballet could scoop them up too. A Mouse King for Halloween 2013, anyone?
BY THE NUMBERS
350: Approximate number of new costumes created for this production
18: Number of full-time staff in the costumes and wardrobe department for this show
200,000: Number of Swarovski crystals ordered for this production
1400: Number of yards of tulle used in the 26 tutus made for the Waltz of the Flowers
2: Number of women who hand-painted the 1400 yards of tulle
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