Nutty No More
Texas Ballet Theater has broken the news that this year's performance of The Nutty Nutcracker, on December 16 at Bass Hall, will be its last after 12 seasons.
The Nutty Nutcracker is a one-night-only break in the middle of the run of the traditional Nutcracker production, offering an offbeat take on the holiday classic. Featuring hilarious characters and commenting on current events and pop culture, the production isn't afraid to make fun of the established original version.
While no official reason was given in a November 15 press release, the change comes as former artistic director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., transitions into his new role as artistic director laureate. Acting artistic director Tim O’Keefe will take over the programming for the next season, marking a shift in the ballet company’s artistic vision.
However, the release does give the qualifier of "for the coming years" when noting the production's end, indicating that the company may be open to bringing it back sometime in future.
“We are sad to see this long-standing tradition come to an end at TBT, but we are excited for the future and look forward to starting new traditions that will be as fun for the audiences, and dancers, as Nutty,” O’Keefe says in the release.
No other changes are planned for Texas Ballet Theater's annual holiday events and productions. The Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon in Dallas, the Caren Koslow Fashion Show and Luncheon in Fort Worth, the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea, and the full five-week production of The Nutcracker will go on as planned.
Tickets for The Nutty Nutcracker, which range from $60-$130, are now on sale at texasballetheater.org or by calling the Box Office at 877-828-9200, option 1.