Stowell And Sendak Nutcracker

Stowell And Sendak Nutcracker Tickets

Kent Stowell, the founding artistic director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Maurice Sendak, a world renowned illustrator and author joined their expertise to give a new face to Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Nutcracker. The production became immensely successful, going strong over the years. It is now celebrating thirty years of magical memories with a series of performances presented at the McCaw Hall this holiday season. This PNB’s production is regarded unlike any other in the world. The live orchestra, glamorous costumes and magnificent sets makes it a lovely show – a pure holiday magic!

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Event Name: Nutcracker

Production: Stowell and Sendak

Run time: 2 hours, 5 minutes approx. (with intermission)

The Wonderful Holiday Tradition

PNB’s the Nutcracker has become an annual holiday tradition in the Northwest. It’s a cherished production of the ballet company and this season, it is coming back with all its splendor to celebrate thirty years of successful runs. The current run of the ballet is going to be month long; enough for everyone in and around Seattle to enjoy this festive show which promises to be more exciting than any other holiday event. 

Production History

The masterminds behind this renowned production are Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak who employed their artistic abilities and turned up with something as amazing as The Nutcracker. Stowell is the founding artistic director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and is the choreographer of the show. Sendak is a famous children’s book author and illustrator who has provided the scenic and costume design for Stowell and Sendak Nutcracker. Lighting design for the ballet is given by Randall G. Chiarelli. The score, however, has not been changed and is the same as in the original classic production of the ballet given by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Premiere of the Stowell/Sendak production was held at Pacific Northwest Ballet in December 1983.

The Amazing Nutcracker

Stowell and Sendak Nutcracker’s production is larger than-life, featuring around 200 professional dancers. Their awe-inspiring performances are truly magnificent. It opened to immense national acclaim and even after three decades, it is one of the most popular holiday shows. The ballet retains the goodness of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A Hoffman and the original classic score of Tchaikovsky. In fact, the Stowell Sendak Nutcracker production complimented the original one so much that a new, illustrated edition of the original Hoffman book was published the very next year. Moreover, a feature film based on the Stowell/Sendak production was also released nationwide in 1986.

Wonders after the First Act

The current series of Stowell and Sendak Nutcracker production is bringing something more than just this wonderful ballet. During the intermission, audience will be allowed a special experience. The Allen Foundation for the Arts room situated on the fourth floor of the McCaw Hall will present the delights of the holiday season so that not a single moment is passed without fun and enjoyment. Forget everything else and make plans of watching this musical. Your holidays will become even more memorable. It’s an event for the whole family and its tickets are known to sell out in no time. Book your Stowell and Sendak Nutcracker tickets in advance to be there.


More about the Nutcracker

  • Premiere of the original production was held in December 1892 at Imperial Ballet, Saint Petersburg
  • Choreography of the original production was done by Lev Ivanov.
  • The New York Times has described the show as “original and exciting”.
  • PNB is one of the two principal tenants of McCaw Hall, the venue of the Nutcracker. It was previously known as Civic Auditorium and Seattle Opera House.
  • PNB has also taken their production to Minneapolis, Portland and Vancouver in addition to showing annually in Seattle.