Pres-toe Change-o

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.

A magician named John Tudor posted a video that shows some of the magic tricks he added to the Columbia City Ballet production. He has inspired me to look for some tricks I could do.

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