The Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker is a time honored tradition in the Northwest. For many families it does not feel like the holiday season until they have seen the performance.
The production, in its 27th year, does not use machines. It uses old theatre techniques and all of the props are operated by people. There are almost 200 total cast members and it takes 400 people to put the show on. KING 5's Christie Johnson got a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on a production of this magnitude. She found out that many of the props and costumes are original and almost everything is hand-crafted.
The Nutcracker runs through December twenty seventh and will have 39 performances.
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