Rochester City Ballet and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will present “The Nutcracker” November 23-27 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.
RCB Artistic Director David Palmer and dancer Megan Kamler, who will perform the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy discussed the holiday favorite Wednesday on News 8 at Noon.
“This year I think we’ve added a little bit of bang and a little bit a of bling,” said Palmer. “This is my first year leading the production. This is the twentieth year in the collaboration between the Rochester City Ballet and the RPO. We’ve done a little tinkering with the sets. You’ll see a much bigger tree this year, so maybe everyone should look at what’s underneath the tree. We’ve added some really nice new costumes and tweaked a little bit of the choreography in the production. We’re really happy with the way things are working out.”
For Kamler, this production represents an opportunity long awaited. “This is first time I’ve had the opportunity to be the Sugar Plum, and as a young girl, that’s the role that everybody always looks up to,” she said. “I remember being in the wings when all the guests artists would be here, trying to learn the choreography, and just know it all. It’s really been quite the journey, so I’m very excited.”
Two of Rochester’s best will combine to bring “The Nutcracker” to life. “It just absolutely makes sense,” Palmer said. “We have a world-class orchestra and a world-class ballet company. It’s one of the reasons we put so much into the production. It’s a gem for the city and I think it’s a statement on where we are artistically in Rochester. I hope everybody comes. It’s a production that has swords, it has cannons, it has mystic happenings, magic and people flying. It has everything you have in the theatre world but with amazing music led by Michael Butterman and the RPO, and amazing dancing from the Rochester City Ballet.”