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"The Brown-Forman Nutcracker" Update

2009 was the much-anticipated debut of the Louisville Balletís brand-new production of "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker". This event had been more than two years in the making.

Scenery in "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker" features subtle nods to Louisvilleís architecture and landmarks and includes 27,000 square feet of canvas and 6,000 pounds of steel. And, more than 40 artisans in nine states contributed to the costumes, using nearly 1,000 sequins and 2,730 feet of tulle.

In this segment, "Louisville Life" goes behind the curtain of this magical production to show viewers just what it takes to bring this holiday favorite to life.

This yuletide fixture has warmed local audiences' hearts for more than forty years. Thanks to a generous gift from Brown-Forman Corp. in 2007, families can continue to share this holiday tradition with a brand new production by acclaimed choreographer Val Caniparoli and costumes and scenery by world-renowned designer Peter Cazalet. This production marks Cazaletís retirement from theatrical set design. Master illusionist Marshall Magoon created magical elements specifically for this production. Magoonís work has been used in tv, film and on stage. Most recently, he has worked on Broadway productions of "Spamalot" and "Shrek the Musical".

For more information on the Louisville Ballet or "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker" visit www.louisvilleballet.org.

If you like this story, you may also be interested in our Season Three interview with Helen Starr, associate artistic director of the Louisville Ballet, and our feature story on New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan, a Louisville native who performed in "The Nutcracker" as a child.

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Behind-the-scenes at the Louisville Ballet for the new rendition of "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker"; Versailles artist Alexa King, sculptor of the legendary horse Barbaro at Churchill Downs; the internationally-acclaimed Grawemeyer Awards at the University of Louisville; and the comedic genius behind Comedy Caravan, where Louisvillians have laughed for more than 20 years. (#410)