Arts Center to release excerpts of ‘The Nutcracker,’ including a grasshopper scene filmed throughout Lawrence

photo by: Lawrence Arts Center

From left, Basil Ann Sinkler, Norah Gardner, Berrak Kara, and Lauren Anderson participate in the "The Lawrence Grasshopper," an excerpt from "The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet," this fall through the Lawrence Arts Center.

In lieu of an in-person performance, The Lawrence Arts Center will be releasing free excerpts of “The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet” that its young dancers and professional team filmed this fall.

Hanan Misko, dance school director with the Lawrence Arts Center, said the point of the excerpts was to give the dancers a chance to perform and community members an opportunity to see some type of “Nutcracker” performance this year.

On Friday, four short videos will be available for free on the Lawrence Arts Center’s website. Three, “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Mechanical Dolls” and “Cavalry in Pursuit,” are performed by members of Lawrence Ballet Theatre on the Lawrence Arts Center’s stage. The fourth, “The Lawrence Grasshopper,” will feature young dancers in first through third grades dancing on scene in different parts of Lawrence. It was filmed outside the Arts Center, on Massachusetts Street, in South Park, on the University of Kansas’ campus, at St. Luke AME Church and Pendleton’s farm.

Misko said the Arts Center would also be releasing some clips from last year’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

The excerpts can be viewed on the Lawrence Arts Center’s Holiday Happenings page of its website,, at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, until Jan. 6.


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