Behind the scenes of The Nutcracker at Rochester City Ballet

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — We got a behind-the-scenes look at the final dress rehearsal for The Nutcracker on Wednesday afternoon.

We went to Kodak Hall to check out the final preparations before the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rochester City Ballet take to the stage for opening night.

The show is Rochester’s longest-running holiday tradition.

“It’s a tradition, it’s been a holiday tradition in the united states since the 1950’s,” said Tara Simoncic, a guest conductor for The Nutcracker. “It really became adopted by our culture as a Christmas and holiday special family time.”

The Nutcracker will continue after Wednesday’s opening night with six performances. Here is the schedule:

  • Wednesday, November 23 at 7 PM
  • Friday, November 25 at 2 & 7 PM
  • Saturday, November 26 at 2 & 7 PM
  • November 27 at 2 PM

Tickets start at $24 for adults/$15 for children ages 3-17 and are available online anytime at, by phone at 585-454-2100 (Monday-Friday,10 AM-5 PM), and in person at RPO Patron Services at 225 East Avenue (Monday -Friday, 10 AM-5 PM).