Resolution passes to keep The Nutcracker Ballet local every other year

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) It was another busy night for the Cheyenne City Council. One topic that brought in a lot of people to speak on behalf of it was Ballet Wyoming performing the historic Nutcracker Ballet. A resolution was presented to keep the performance local every other year. The resolution passed seven to zero with two absentations and a sunset clause allowing it to be revisited again in 2023.

“Odd years, a national or international production will come in and do The Nutcracker and in even years, a local production will do The Nutcracker,” said City Councilman Ward III Rocky Case.

According to, the origin of The Nutcracker is a classic Christmas story that is a fairy tale ballet in two acts centered on a family’s Christmas Eve celebration with the first performance in 1892.

Councilman Case explained that Moscow Ballet has essentially had a monopoly on The Nutcracker for at least a decade. Doing more than one Nutcracker around the same time would dilute the market and has the potential for neither show to be successful.

Members from Ballet Wyoming spoke at City Council and made it clear they have the talent in Laramie County to perform The Nutcracker.

“My experience with Ballet Wyoming has been much more satisfactory than with any other traveling ballet company that has come in and I truly believe that they would do a great job of performing The Nutcracker every other year,” said one dancer.

We will provide more coverage of other issues discussed at City Council later in the week.