The production will open with "The Nutcracker" Opening Night Scholarship Benefit on December 12, a fundraiser for student scholarships at UNCSA.
Beginning December 17, "The Nutcracker" will be widely available for free to watch on demand throughout the holiday season.
The timeless tale of “The Nutcracker” steps into the present in the world premiere of the popular annual holiday tradition newly created for film. The schools of Dance, Design & Production, Filmmaking, and Music will collaborate for the first time to create a 30-minute version of the beloved classic adapted for the screen.
Directed by Interim Dean of Dance Jared Redick with all-new choreography by School of Dance faculty member Ilya Kozadayev, the production honors the memorable story while reflecting modern sensibilities. Rosemary Harris, award-winning actor and wife of the late UNCSA founder John Ehle, delivers a brand new narration written for the film, while Guest Conductor Karin Hendrickson leads the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra performing excerpts from the original orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s iconic score; the musicians will be featured on screen. Additional guest artists will be announced at a later date.
To achieve the illusion while remaining safe, the cast of student dancers will be filmed in the largest soundstage at UNCSA. Visual effects and CGI, designed and developed by Filmmaking students, will bring the story to life. Sound designers and editors from Filmmaking will work with Design & Production and Music students to record the soundtrack.
"The Nutcracker" Boutique
Bring the holiday magic home. "The Nutcracker" Boutique features an assortment of nutcrackers, snow globes, ornaments and more. Proceeds from every purchase will benefit the UNCSA Parent Support Organization (PSO).