The show’s cast includes Columbia College alum Elena Avila ‘22, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting, as Clara. Columbia College alums Sierra Buffum ’16, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Acting BA Program, and Eilish Morse-O’Rourke ’22, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BFA Program in Musical Theatre Performance, are members of the ensemble.
The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque subverts the classic holiday ballet to promote diversity in body, gender expression, sexuality, and race. The show utilizes the platform of parody to encourage audiences to imagine a more inclusive world, redefining the art of the tease through an alternative take on burlesque. The two-hour experience begins with a cocktail hour which includes craft vendors from local artists (Thursday nights), special pre-show performances (Friday and Saturday nights), and brunch fare (Sunday matinees), followed by Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite in a saucy, adult retelling of the holiday classic featuring sword swallowing, belly dancing, classic burlesque, and more. A special New Year’s Eve closing night performance Saturday, December 31, includes a party following the show with cheese and charcuterie snacks, two drink tickets for after the show, a midnight “pole dancer booty drop” countdown with balloons and prizes, a DJ, and more.