Tulsa Ballet cancels 2020 performance of The Nutcracker

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Ballet is canceling this year’s holiday performance of The Nutcracker due to COVID-19 concerns.

In an effort to keep dancers, staff, and audience members safe this year, the Tulsa Ballet released a statement saying it’s in the best interest to not return to a large venue.

The artistic director of the Tulsa Ballet says the Nutcracker typically brings in about half a million dollars in sales.

Usually this time of year they’d be auditioning new cast members, but the ballet thought it was too risky to bring hundreds of people together to rehearse and perform.

They said even though the traditional performance has been canceled, they are reimagining their 2020, 2021 fall season with performances to meet CDC guidelines.

It also helps bring in more interest to the ballet, because oftentimes people come to the Nutcracker for their first show, and after they’re introduced to it, they start coming to more.

The ballet dancers have been out of the studio for six months, but will return Sept. 28th to start rehearsing for new shows.

Tulsa Ballet subscribers will have an opportunity at the end of October to attend a performance at Studio K on Brookside. The Tulsa Ballet said it will be socially distanced, limited capacity, and require masks for dancers, staff and audience members.

Dancers will wear masks, and their choreography will keep them at least 8 feet apart.

The Tulsa Ballet said they are also installing a state-of-the-art air purification system.

For more information on future events and safety protocols, please visit tulsaballet.org.

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