Nutcracker: A Gift From Ballet Memphis


Ballet Memphis is creating a completely new film version of the classic story ballet that promises a new experience to delight this holiday season. Filmed at local Memphis venues and the Ballet Memphis studio, this version will feature the original music of Tchaikovsky and the entire Ballet Memphis professional company.

“This is so much more than just broadcasting a stage performance; we are creating an immersive cinematic experience. Nutcracker is magical, it’s tradition, it’s joy, it’s family. Our whole team is committed to giving this gift to everyone in Memphis and beyond”. - GRETCHEN WOLLERT MCLENNON, PRESIDENT AND CEO

In response to the pandemic that has shuttered theaters and limited large gatherings, Ballet Memphis is stepping into the moment to ensure that the joy and magic of the holiday season continues in homes across the region.

“We knew we wanted to make this happen. Gretchen keeps telling us, ‘When nothing is certain, anything is possible’. We’ve really taken that to heart and our dancers are excited to give back to our city that has always supported us. This is what ballet is, this is why we do what we do”. - STEVEN MCMAHON, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Ballet Memphis has partnered with WKNO to broadcast the premier performance on December 11 and re-broadcast as part of their Christmas programming. After the premier, the performance will be available through select Malco Theaters and community partners while Ballet Memphis will broadcast through digital channels to be enjoyed by families throughout the mid-south and beyond.

NUTCRACKER: A GIFT FROM BALLET MEMPHIS is presented by Gerber Taylor

Premier Broadcast on WKNO and WKNO2 on Friday, December 11 at 8pm

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