About the Film
In 1944, critics were stunned when Willam Christensen staged the first full-length Nutcracker at the San Francisco Ballet. It was produced on a shoestring budget, but captivated a nation. Now, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Nutcracker in Utah, BYUtv and Ballet West have produced a one-hour immersive documentary that features excerpts of the award-winning ballet performance and highlights the role of Willam Christensen in this incredible story, rooted in Utah.
Born and raised in Brigham City, Utah, Mr. C was a true pioneer in dance. He established the San Francisco Ballet in 1938. He then returned to Salt Lake City, founding both the ballet department at the University of Utah in 1951, and Ballet West in 1963. His historical production of The Nutcracker sparked a long-lasting cultural phenomenon that continues today, transcending generations to become a holiday tradition for millions of Americans each year.
Post-film Q&A and book signing with Ballet West including:
- Adam Sklute, Ballet West Artistic Director
- Bruce Caldwell, Ballet Master and Archivist
- Beau Pearson, First Soloist, Drosselmeyer and Mother Buffon
- Emily Adams, Principal, Snow Queen
- Lindsay Bond, Company Artist
- Jenna Rae Herrera, Soloist
- Katlyn Addison, First Soloist, Arabian
- Chris Sellars, First Soloist, Lead Russian
- Russ Kendall, Kaleidoscope Pictures, Producer