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Nutcracker Spectacular boosts Little Rock’s economy



Little Rock, Arkansas – This weekend, the Robinson Performance Hall will host The Ballet Arkansas’ Nutcracker Spectacular, which is anticipated to draw large crowds to the state capital.

The annual Nutcracker Extravaganza promotes Arkansas talent while contributing to the Little Rock economy. Every year, 6,000–8,000 people go to Downtown Little Rock to witness a performance by Ballet Arkansas.

Due to attendees eating at restaurants, shopping at small shops, and other activities, the exhibition generates a significant amount of income and economic boost. Something that might be advantageous for individuals who are significantly affected by inflation.

“It’s really going to give little rock, a boost in its local economy, especially on the dining scene and the performing arts scene, and we’ve got such a fantastic performing arts, culture and scene here in little rock that, like I said you just can’t go wrong with anything you decide to do with your family,” Libby Lloyd, Director of Communications, Little Rock Visitor’s and Convention’s Bureau said.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, more than 200 community actors, two chorale ensembles, and 15 Ballet Arkansas professional dancers all perform in the production.

As the longest-running holiday play in the state, this production is one of the most eagerly awaited events each year.

“We’re just a part of what folks are doing in town, and we encourage people when they come to Central Arkansas to get out dine in the restaurant, get out, stay in the hotels, see what other arts and cultural institutions there are here to experience, and just make the best of it there’s so much that Little Rock has to offer,” Michael Fothergill, Executive Artistic Director, Ballet Arkansas, said.

Before they start their two-year push to produce the Great Arkansas Nutcracker, this is the last year to see this particular rendition of the Nutcracker Spectacular in Arkansas. This renovation will include pieces created by artisans and other professionals in Arkansas. The project’s initial phase will be shown in the holiday production the following year.

“It’s such a wonderful place for families and people to come and celebrate with our community. Here at Robinson center when you’re sitting next to you can hear the whole audience gasp at the same time. It’s a really special moment. But the story of the nutcracker comes to life every year and we’d love for families to come and continue that tradition,” Catherine Fothergill, Associate Artistic Director, Ballet Arkansas, said.

For those involved, this year is significant because it is the original Nutcracker production’s 130th anniversary. Although there is still time to buy tickets, they are selling out rapidly. The Nutcracker Spectacular by Ballet Arkansas will continue until this Sunday. The first of this season’s holiday performances at the Robinson is The Nutcracker Spectacular.

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