Thursday, December 25, 2014

Nutcracker gives Pennsylvania Ballet a lift

The Nutcracker earned slightly more revenue for Pennsylvania Ballet this season than last. The show, which accounts for half of the ballet’s ticket income each year, brought in $2,310,000 as opposed to last season’s $2,176,000, said executive director Michael G. Scolamiero. Receipts exceeded the goal of $2,275,000.

Nutcracker gives Pennsylvania Ballet a lift

The Nutcracker earned slightly more revenue for Pennsylvania Ballet this season than last. The show, which accounts for half of the ballet’s ticket income each year, brought in $2,310,000 as opposed to last season’s $2,176,000, said executive director Michael G. Scolamiero. Receipts exceeded the goal of $2,275,000.

Costs were higher, but only very slightly, he said. The ballet performed The Nutcracker 23 times at the Academy of Music, one more show than last year, but eliminated some penalties it incurred in previous seasons for having dancers and musicians working up to three shows a day.

“We noticed everyone held up better in terms of fatigue,” he said, “because to do that, an 11 o’clock show, 3 and 7 p.m., that’s a lot of dancing. There are some members of the corps that were doing all three.”

The Academy was filled to an average 92 percent of capacity (as defined against 2,259 unobstructed-view seats, not the hall's full 2,900 spots).

This was Pennsylvania Ballet’s 25th year performing the Balanchine version of The Nutcracker, which remains far and away the company’s most reliable cash cow.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

Reach Peter at pdobrin@phillynews.com.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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