Ballet West’s The Nutcracker Celebrates its 75th Anniversary Live

Ballet West and BYUtv Team Up for A History Making Performance – On February 21, 2019 Ballet West announced the national broadcast of the The Nutcracker’s 75th anniversary. This is due to a generous donation from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation of $100,000 for the project. 

“Our focus at BYUtv is to cultivate co-viewing experiences for kids and parents to enjoy together,” said Managing Director Michael Dunn. “Every holiday season, The Nutcracker has been just that for generations of families in Utah and around the world, and we’re honored that our network will now be able to share Ballet West’s iconic production with millions of people all across America, right in their own homes.”

BYUtv is a family entertainment television network reaching 50 million households across the country via cable, satellite and streaming.

“I am grateful and honored the Eccles Foundation has once again recognized the worldwide appeal of this magical production, which beautifully showcases Ballet West and highlights the rich legacy of art and culture in Utah,” said Adam Sklute, Ballet West Artistic Director. “From Mr. C’s first American incarnation, The Nutcracker is now a phenomenon, which permeates our culture bringing joy to millions each year and helping to sustain ballet companies across the country.”

Ballet West’s full production will be captured by BYUtv, featuring stunning professional dancers and adorable children performing Mr. C’s choreography, as well as fantastic new sets, costumes and special effects, thanks to the generosity of the Eccles Foundation. “From the moment we approached BYUtv, their team has been ecstatic to tell this intricate, historic and important story,” said Ballet West Executive Director Michael Scolamiero. “I am thrilled to have a broadcast partner who is committed to the arts and recognizes what a beautiful and special production this is and the importance of sharing it with a wider audience.”

Ballet West invites the community to participate in the 75th anniversary celebration. There are a variety of giving levels which may include donor’s names and organizations to be recognized in the BYUtv documentary. For more information, visit:

You can see America’s First Nutcracker starting December 7th through December 26th. Get tickets now as they sell quickly. Ballet West’s presentation of The Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday tradition and is perfect for all ages.

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