It says Christmas-time as much as Santa. Ballet Oklahoma’s annual production of The Nutcracker has its two-weekend run at the Civic Center in mid-December.
Bryan Pitts is Artistic Director of Ballet Oklahoma. He took time between Acts during dress rehearsal earlier this month to chat with Angi and me. Attending a dress rehearsal reinforces how much Bryan oversees, from the music to the dancers on stage to the set. Many people are involved, but still someone has to answer for the overall show.
At one point, I asked Bryan if he thought Tchaikovsky was a genius for his score. Bryan questioned me on this (or maybe just didn’t hear my question clearly above the rehearsing orchestra), then agreed the music added to the legacy of this ballet. I think the music is one of the reason’s everyone knows The Nutcracker. That music just reminds you of Christmas.