Pikes Peak Arts Council Presents Exceptional Nutcracker Award to Colorado Ballet Society’s ‘A Colora

Colorado Ballet Society was honored with the Exceptional Performance of the Nutcracker award at the Pikes Peak Arts Council’s 2018 50th Anniversary Gala awards event held at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College on Tuesday, October 17, 2018.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have A Colorado Nutcracker recognized by the Pikes Peak Arts Council in this way,” enthuses Colorado Ballet Society founder and director, Patricia Hoffman. “There is a vibrant arts community here in the Front Range region, and we are blessed to be part of it.”

A Colorado Nutcracker embodies the traditional Nutcracker storyline but highlights actual historical figures and events from early Colorado Springs circa 1907. The opening scene depicts The Antlers Hotel from that time period. World renowned electrical scientist, Nicola Tesla, and other prominent members of Colorado Springs are preparing to attend the Christmas Eve celebration hosted by city founder, General William J. Palmer and his three daughters at Glen Eyrie Castle. Salvation Army workers are bringing local orphans to join in the festivities.

The Party Scene takes place in the Great Hall of Glen Eyrie Castle where Palmer welcomes his guests from his wheelchair-as he has been paralyzed as a result of a horseback riding accident in Garden of the Gods just a little over a year previously.

Spencer and Julie Penrose (founders of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), Henry and Elizabeth McAllister (early Colorado Springs City Planner), and Charles and Josephine Tutt (goldmine magnet and Penrose business partner) are some of the other guests at the party that evening.

Tesla wows the crowd by lighting the Christmas tree and sharing some of his electrical experiments, and one special orphan child, Clara, is given a magical Nutcracker doll.