We invited families for arts, crafts, and a special Nutcracker talkback JUST for kids. They ask the hardest-hitting questions, and we compiled them here for you, with answers from company members!
Why does Fritz love shrimp chips so much?
Jake Minton (Writer): Actually, shrimp chips weren’t in the 2007 show. He didn’t always love shrimp chips! But, at the time, one of the actors ALWAYS had a bag of them with him backstage, and was constantly eating them. And he kept telling us stuff like “They’re not as bad as you think!”
So, in 2010, we added it to the script.
How do you make it snow INSIDE?
Tommy Rapley (Director): Well, if you look up past the lights, you’ll see big boxes up in the air. The crew members get on tall ladders and dump big heaps of the plastic snow into those boxes. Then it’s just a magic button we push to let it all go! Even though it’s so simple, I really feel like it’s one of the most magical things I’ve seen put onstage.
How do you play two characters?
Ben Sprunger (David/Quite Scary Rat): Actually, I play three! I work to make sure that each of them move and sound different, so I use different voices, or dialects, with each character.
Jake: The actors and crew have special rehearsals just to practice changing clothes VERY FAST.
Paige Collins (Clara): If you’re lucky, you might get a sneak peek on a night of a rat tail showing under their pants or robes!
How do you cry?
Brenda Barrie (Martha/Really Scary Rat): You have to just let it happen naturally. Stay present with your scene partner and listen closely. It’s important to not feel like you have to make yourself cry, but allowing it to happen if it does.
Tommy: What’s most important to us is not that the actors have the space to cry, but that we work to make that space for the Audience to cry.
Jake: And sometimes they just pinch themselves real hard!
How does the tree grow?
The Nutcracker is up and running from now until New Year’s, so get your tickets and join us to bake cookies, save Christmas, and make magic real.