Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 33: Cracking “The Nutcracker” with Michael Remson and Shelly Power

We all know The Nutcracker, right? Wrong! In this episode of Classical Classroom, Shelly Power (director, Houston Ballet Academy) and Michael Remson (executive director, American Festival of the Arts) blow your minds with the history of the ballet and a behind-the-scenes look at the massive undertaking that putting on the show entails every year.

Audio production by Todd “Pas de Todd” Hulslander with sugarplum fairies dancing in her head by Dacia Clay.

The Nutcracker:

– Score by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky

– Original choreography by Marius Petipas and Lev Ivanov

– Libretto adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

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Dacia Clay

Dacia Clay

Web Editor, Arts & Culture; Host/Producer, Classical Classroom

Dacia began her career in public radio as the Audio Librarian for Houston Public Media (then KUHF) in 2009. She earned her Master of Library Science from the University of North Texas' School of Library and Information Science, where she focused on special collections (thanks to the sage advice of...

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