Announcing Casting for The Nutcracker

Casting for The Nutcracker has arrived! It’s the most magical time of the year as Marie and her Nutcracker prince journey to the Land of Enchantment encountering the Snow Queen and King, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, and the cast of memorable characters, performed by the talented artists of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School.

View the full cast list here.

The Nutcracker returns to the Benedum Center December 10-29, 2021.

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Explore The Nutcracker

  • Watch: View the trailer here.
  • For Kids: Download The Nutcracker Children’s Guide for a kid-friendly synopsis and games or register for our virtual Dance the Story event on Dec. 9.
  • Synopsis & More: Read the story of the ballet, the history of the music and costumes, and more here. Find even more free virtual programs, videos and in-theater programs here.

Casting for Season Premiere is Announced!

Casting has been announced for our Season Premiere with the PBT Orchestra, featuring four distinct works that capture the essence and evolution of the art form – echoing voices of four internationally-acclaimed choreographers.

Get your tickets today and join us for PBT’s triumphant return to the Benedum!

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Casting for Season Premiere with the PBT Orchestra

Learn about our company dancers and read their bios here.

Petal

Choreography and Concept: Helen Pickett
Music: Philip Glass, Thomas Montgomery Newman

Friday and Saturday, October 22 & 23 – 7:30 p.m.

Jessica McCann, Grace Rookstool, Victoria Watford, Diana Yohe
Corey Bourbonniere, Lucius Kirst, William Moore, Yoshiaki Nakano

Sunday, October 24 – 2 p.m.

Marisa Grywalski, Tommie Kesten, Jessica McCann, Gabrielle Thurlow
Sam DerGregorian, Masahiro Haneji, Josiah Kauffman, Kurtis Sprowls

Grand Pas Classique

Choreography: Victor Gsovsky
Music: Daniel-Francois Auber

Friday and Sunday, October 22 & 24 – 7:30 p.m. & 2 p.m.

Amanda Cochrane and Yoshiaki Nakano

Saturday, October 23 – 7:30pm

Gabrielle Thurlow and Masahiro Haneji

Through the Window

Choreography: Jennifer Archibald
Music: Uno Helmersson, Frans Bak, Tokio Myers, Peter Gregson

Friday and Saturday, October 22 & 23 – 7:30 p.m.

Amanda Morgan, Jessica McCann, JoAnna Schmidt, Victoria Watford, Diana Yohe
Corey Bourbonniere, Masahiro Haneji, Josiah Kauffman, Kurtis Sprowls, Cooper Verona

Sunday, October 24 – 2 p.m.

Erin Casale, Tommie Kesten, Alexandra Kochis, Grace Rookstool, Gabrielle Thurlow
Jonathan Breight, Lucius Kirst, William Moore, Yoshiaki Nakano, Joseph Parr

Diamonds

Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: P. I. Tchaikovsky

Friday and Saturday, October 22 & 23 – 7:30 p.m.
Marisa Grywalski, Lucius Kirst

Sunday, October 24 – 2:00 p.m.
Alexandra Kochis, William Moore

Jessica McCann
JoAnnaSchmidt
Gabrielle Thurlow 10/22 & 10/23, Marisa Grywalski 10/24
Diana Yohe
Corey Bourbonniere
Masahiro Haneji
William Moore 10/22 & 23, Lucius Kirst 10/24
Joseph Parr

Erin Casale
Elizabeth Devanney
Christian Garcia Campos
Madeline Gradle
Kara Hunter
Corabelle Kennedy
Tommie Kesten
Caitlyn Mendicino
Amanda Morgan
Grace Rookstool
Victoria Watford
Andres Angel
Nathan Bender
Jonathan Breight
Sam DerGregorian
Jack Hawn
Jesse Joiner
Josiah Kauffman
Jacob Miller
Colin McCaslin
Luke Mosher
Kurtis Sprowls
Cooper Verona

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Wins Telly Awards for “Fireside Nutcracker”

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) has received three Telly Awards for its Fireside Nutcracker, a virtual adaptation of Terrence S. Orr’s The Nutcracker made available to stream online during December, 2020. The company was awarded a Gold Telly for Branded Content General – Virtual Events & Experiences, and Silver Tellys for Branded Content General-Not-for-profit and Branded Content Craft – Editing.

Fireside Nutcracker kept the holiday tradition of The Nutcracker alive during theater closures due to the pandemic,” PBT Artistic Director Susan Jaffe said. “We were excited to share the program – which reached nearly 50,000 viewers in over 30 countries – with our audience and we’re honored that it has been recognized by the Tellys.”

PBT began work on Fireside Nutcracker in the summer of 2020, anticipating that the company would not be able to return to the Benedum Center for its annual run of over 20 Nutcracker performances. Alongside a team of producers and videographers from LOOK Creative Guild, PBT artists, crew, staff and 25 PBT School students filmed Fireside Nutcracker at the award-winning Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University and the historic Hartwood Acres Mansion.

To accommodate safety regulations while filming during the COVID pandemic, adjustments were made to choreography to ensure social distancing and masking. Lead couples, like Marie and the Nutcracker, were cast using pairs of cohabitating dancers, to limit close contact between dancers outside of a single household. Many of The Nutcracker’s most iconic scenes feature PBT’s corps de ballet in close formation. To adhere to social distancing protocols, these scenes were filmed with fewer dancers interacting at once and were seamlessly stitched together to recreate classic dances for the audience to experience from a new perspective.

“The reformatting of storytelling, choreography and filming of this ballet was complex, but a wonderful process for everyone,” Jaffe said, “and we all felt good about the work. But, the people who shined the most were our dancers and our children who took part in the filming.”

Fireside Nutcracker was sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Giant Eagle and Clearview Federal Credit Union.

Casting for The Nutcracker Has Arrived

Casting for The Nutcracker has been announced! It’s the most magical time of the year as Marie and her Nutcracker prince journey to the Land of Enchantment encountering the Snow Queen and King, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, and the cast of memorable characters, performed by the talented artists of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School.

View the full cast list here.

The Nutcracker runs Dec. 6-29 at the Benedum Center.

Get Tickets

Explore The Nutcracker

  • Watch: View the trailer here.
  • For Kids: Download The Nutcracker Children’s Guide for a kid-friendly synopsis and games.
  • Synopsis & More: Read the story of the ballet, the history of the music and costumes, and more here.