Behind the scenes: Interlochen Arts Academy’s “Nutcracker” ballet

Hear from some of the more than 150 young dancers, musicians, actors, backstage crew, and faculty and staff who brought this holiday classic to life.

This December, for the first time since 2019, Interlochen Arts Academy presented public, in-person performances of The Nutcracker. Hundreds of friends of Interlochen from across northern Michigan returned to campus to enjoy this holiday classic.

More than 150 dancers, actors, musicians, crew members, faculty, and staff collaborated to create Clara’s iconic journey through the Land of Sweets, including the Arts Academy Orchestra and Chorale. Listen in as the cast and creative directors bring you behind the scenes and share their joy in bringing The Nutcracker back to live audiences.