Waco Symphony and Ballet Frontier resume “Nutcracker” performances after 2020 hiatus

Posted on: December 10, 2021

“Fort Worth-based Ballet Frontier joins the Waco Symphony Orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s holiday ballet ‘The Nutcracker,’ ” on Sunday, writes Carl Hoover in Wednesday’s (12/8) Waco Herald (TX). “And, like past ‘Nutcracker’ traditions, it’s largely sold out…. The popular ballet [will be] performed live by the WSO. WSO executive director Carolyn Bess said Waco audiences snapped up tickets early for the Sunday performance and a full Waco Hall will await the dancers. The COVID-19 pandemic sidelined a Ballet Frontier return last year…. The company last year presented an abridged performance of the ballet, with the opening party scene omitted in a coronavirus protocol to minimize the numbers of dancers, young and old, clustered on stage. The full ballet is back…. As in past ‘Nutcrackers’ with the Waco Symphony, Sunday’s full performance will feature participation from about 50 young Waco dancers, who will appear briefly onstage in scenes with the 50-member company…. Most of the dancers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and will perform without masks. Other precautions, such as distancing in backstage areas, are followed, and a smaller WSO ensemble will allow proper spacing of musicians in the orchestra pit…. Masking is suggested for the Waco Hall audience.”