Nutcracker By the Numbers

How many pointe shoes SF Ballet goes through during Nutcracker? How tall is the Christmas tree? Click through the numbers below to explore Nutcracker by the numbers.

Pounds of fabric in the wind-up ballerina’s tutu

Lauren Parrott in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

Soldiers (plus the Nutcracker) battle 11 mice (plus the King of the Mice)

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

Feet to the top of the Stahlbaums’ Christmas tree after it grows

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

Members of the Nutcracker orchestra

Martin West conducts the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra \ © Brandon Patoc

Pounds of snow falls (in each performance!)

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

Pointe shoes used during Nutcracker season

Shoe maintenance // © Erik Tomasson

Hours volunteers by SF Ballet BRAVO members during each Nutcracker season

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker Family Performance // © Chris Hardy

Free Nutcracker tickets distributed through SF Ballet’s Children’s Enchantment Fund, since 1992.

Scene from a San Francisco Ballet’s Passport Performance. (© Gary Sexton)

Want to see more behind-the-scenes stories from Nutcracker?

Header Image: Scene from a San Francisco Ballet’s Passport Performance // © Gary Sexton

Categories: Nutcracker, Nutcracker 75, Read

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