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.