New choreography for The Nutcracker party scene and return of Mother Ginger

Sep 21, 2012 in 12-13 Season Releases

TULSA, Okla. – September 21, 2012 – Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini announces new revisions to his production of The Nutcracker. Changes include working with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s choreographer Bruce Wells, an authority in creating children’s ballets, on reconstructing the Party Scene. In honor of Tulsa Ballet’s late founders’ Moscelyne Larkin and Roman Jasinski, Mother Ginger, a traditional element from their Nutcracker, will return to the Second Act for this year’s version.

“I wanted to rework the story of our Nutcracker for a while, in order to make it more traditional and accessible for our audience,” Artistic Director Marcello Angelini said. “In talking with Bruce Wells, we realized that, by removing the ballet studio scene and starting the action in the ballroom could be accomplished with ease. Bruce is a genius when it comes to working with kids and streamlining storylines for dance. His children’s ballets are in great demand and always included in the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s main season. I am happy to be working with him and to make our Nutcracker one notch better.”

Performances of The Nutcracker will run from December 8–23, 2012, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. For tickets call (918) 749–6006 or visit us online at