The directors of The Nutcracker gave me the green light to expand the part of Uncle Drosselmeyer. Since being cast as the magical toymaker, I have been researching how other ballet companies use the character. I want to bring some of those ideas to the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s production on November 22 and 23.
In the Milwaukee Ballet’s version, Drosselmeyer guides his beloved niece’s dreams as the toys and Christmas foods come to life. Several other companies also put Drosselmeyer in multiple scenes.