In 1976 Ballet Theatre of Scranton, in partnership with Marywood University, took a dream of its Artistic Director the late Constance Reynolds and began what would become an annual, beloved and historic community event. The dream of the holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER, as a free gift to our community. Since 1991 Joanne Arduino, the current Artistic Director, has carried the dream into the new millennium.
The Nutcracker was the recipient of a first place Pocono Northeast Award and has been cited by Dance Magazine as the only production of its kind in the United States. The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce awarded The Nutcracker the Hometown Star SAGE Award (Scranton Award for Growth & Excellence) .
The production has entertained over 350,000 people during its history, including educational performances to over 12,000 school students. 2015 marked the 40th Anniversary of the Ballet Theatre’s performing The Nutcracker.
The gift has not gone without its financial difficulties. With escalating costs and a decrease in arts funding, Ballet Theatre of Scranton has struggled to keep the dream alive. Last year for the ballet’s 40th Anniversary, the Company began an endowment fund with the main purpose of continuing to present the holiday gift in the spirit of which it was created.
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