Backstage at The Nutcracker

Traveler photographer Bob Krist goes backstage to shoot the making of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

Nothing puts you in the mood for the holidays like seeing The Nutcracker, and I was fortunate enough to get a behind-the-scenes look at the wonderful production of Balanchine’s Nutcracker, put on by the Pennsylvania Ballet at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music.

This is a big production, using some 120 kids in two casts, as well as the members of the professional company. The Academy of Music is a beautiful jewel box of a theater that’s a perfect setting. This is the 41st year the company has presented the show, and it’s easy to see why it’s become a favorite for several generations of Philadelphia theatergoers.

The show runs weekends through December 31st. For more information and tickets, visit, And if you’re thinking of a great Christmas gift for that photographer on your list, check out the photo seminars taught by National Geographic Traveler photographers.


  1. David
    April 6, 2010, 6:31 pm

    Cool video.Thanks for sharing.
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  2. bailey
    December 14, 2009, 4:45 pm

    This show looks great! I see the Nutcracker every year at my hometown, Pensacola Beach, FL. This year ill be visiting family in Philadelphia, so ill have to get tickets! I can’t wait to see a different version of the ballet!

  3. bailey
    December 14, 2009, 4:40 pm

    This show looks great! I will be in Philadelphia this Christmas with my family, and my daughter loves ballet performances. Where we live, Pensacola Beach, has a great show of the Nutcracker. Looks like we’ll be seeing Philadelphia’s show this year!