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6 Surprising Nutcracker Stats

6 Surprising Nutcracker Stats

Discover Nutcracker’s tallest, heaviest, and largest secrets!

In the Act I battle scene, the Stahlbaums’ fireplace (above, at right in the image) grows to 22 feet tall and 19 feet wide. For perspective, that’s the size of two San Francisco cable cars stacked on top of each other.

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

 

SF Ballet’s Nutcracker has more than 300 costumes—including three separate costumes for Uncle Drosselmeyer—for different casts.

Tiit Helimets in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

 

Drosselmeyer makes the Stahlbaums’ Christmas tree grow to a height of 30 feet in less than two minutes. It would take a real fir tree 15 to 20 years to grow as high.

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

 

The Snow Queen’s embellished tutu took 80 hours to make, and we have five.
That’s a total of 400 hours spent creating one character’s costume.

Yuan Yuan Tan in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

 

In Act II, the giant Fabergé eggs in the Russian dance are nine feet tall.
That’s 50 times larger than a real egg.

Jacob Seltzer in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

 

The ballerina doll in Act 1 has Nutcracker’s heaviest costume. Her tutu weighs 18 pounds!

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

Header photo: SF Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson