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Behind the Scenes in the Costume Shop of The Nutcracker

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Photo: Steve Wilson (courtesy of Kansas City Ballet)
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Matthew Powell and Breanne Starke as the Mechanical Dolls in Todd Bolender's <I>The Nutcracker</I>.

Richard Nixon was president when the Kansas City Ballet premiered its production of The Nutcracker, set to the music of Tchaikovsky. For thirty-six years running, audiences have been so swept up in the music and the movement that other crucial elements of the piece tend to get overlooked, and what would The Nutcracker be without its extravagant costumes?

By Steve Walker

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Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Steve Walker recently attended a costume fitting and found that the show's wardrobe requires the intricate attention of a nuclear submarine.

Kansas City Ballet's The Nutcracker
December 6-28, 2008
Music Hall

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