PBT Connects: Fireside Nutcracker

Meet the characters from PBT’s Fireside Nutcracker and learn more about the history of the ballet with exclusive interviews and videos.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker History

Lisa Auel, manager of audience programs and archives at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, hosts lively conversation about producing Pittsburgh’s favorite holiday tradition. Learn the history behind the story, as well as the Pittsburgh-specific history of PBT’s The NutcrackerClosed captioning available.

Meet the Characters

Meet the Sugar Plum Fairy

Join Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Alexandra Kochis to learn about the Sugar Plum Fairy from PBT’s Fireside Nutcracker. Explore the iconic character, learn the ins and outs of pointe shoes and get an up-close look at the Sugar Plum Fairy’s tutu. Closed captioning available.

Meet the Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers Cooper Verona, who plays the Mouse King in PBT’s Fireside Nutcracker, and Joseph Parr, who plays the Nutcracker, discuss the filming of Fireside Nutcracker and face off on the famous battle scene.

Meet Drosselmeyer

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Soloist Corey Bourbonniere deconstructs the character of Drosselmeyer from PBT’s Fireside Nutcracker and describes how he approaches the mystery and magic of the role.