Richmond Ballet News

New Sets and Costumes Take Center Stage for “The Nutcracker”

November 16th, 2015


Swan Sleigh Elevation



A magical swan sleigh, gliding across the stage; a sparkling collection of new costumes; and a ‘Heavenly’ new scene: the 2015 production of Richmond Ballet The Nutcracker will feature never-before-seen production elements envisioned by Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett. Debuting on December 11, the production’s opening night at the Carpenter Theatre, these magical additions will take the stage after over a year in production. The Ballet’s highly-acclaimed version of the holiday classic runs December 11-23, with 13 opportunities to see these stunning additions.

New additions for the 2015 production are set to include:

  • Addition of a new Swan Sleigh (pictured right), that appears at the conclusion of Act I. Designed by the production’s original scenic designer, Charles Caldwell, and built by Adirondack Studios, the soft blue swan is wrapped in an ornate weave of rich, golden filigree and tracery. Atop her head, sits a stunning crown. This enchanting sleigh, which will glide across the stage, working its way in and around our dancing snowflakes, is set to dazzle audiences as she carries Clara and her Nutcracker prince between magical lands.
  • A new scene at the opening of Act II, featuring new choreography by Artistic Director Stoner Winslett, scenery by Mr. Caldwell, and new characters in costumes by the production’s original designer David Heuvel, including four Sugar Plum Fairy attendants danced by students at The School of Richmond Ballet. The number of angels in the production has also doubled; this year, 12 angels, also danced by students at The School of Richmond Ballet, will wear costumes that have been updated by Mr. Heuvel. This new scene, where Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel to the Kingdom of The Sweets, is meant to mimic the Heavens, complete with twinkling stars and a castle in the clouds.
  • New, vibrant design elements to the Snow Queen and King costumes from Act I, as well as refurbishments to the costumes for the Snow Corps. Though the well-known, silver and icy-blue costumes originally designed by Mr. Heuvel will retain much of their original look, colors and details will appear brighter and sharper.
  • The Waltz of the Flowers, near the end of the second act, will also showcase new costumes, a colorful update to Mr. Heuvel’s original designs.
  • Both the costume refurbishments and new elements for our production of The Nutcracker are made possible, in part, by a grant from The Cabell Foundation and The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation.

In addition to new costumes, scenery and choreography, the 2015 production will also feature 187 accomplished students from The School of Richmond Ballet, who will share the stage with the entire professional company, second company and current roster of trainees. A record number 22 boys auditioned this year’s production.


The Nutcracker   |  December 11 -23  |  TICKETS

Choreography by Stoner Winslett | Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

With Richmond Symphony 

Richmond CenterStage’s Carpenter Theatre


Friday, December 11, 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 12, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 13, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm

Friday, December 18, 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 19, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 20, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm

Monday, December 21, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, December 22, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 23, 2:00 pm


Tickets start at $20.00. Tickets available at, by calling 1.800.514.3849, or through the Richmond Ballet Box Office at 407 E. Canal Street.


Clara’s Tea Party 2015  |  $25.00 per guest  |  TICKETS

Saturday, December 12, 4:00 pm

Saturday, December 19, 4:00 pm


Pupcracker 2015

Saturday, December 12, During Intermission, and immediately following the 2:00 pm performance

Saturday, December 19, During Intermission, and immediately following the 2:00 pm performance


BRAVO, Richmond Ballet’s volunteer organization, will once again staff booths during performances of The Nutcracker this season, filled with fun, ballet-themed holiday gifts and Richmond Ballet merchandise.







Swan Sleigh Drawing by Charles Caldwell.

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