2021 NFB Nutcracker Playbill - Other - Page 3
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
This year has presented challenges that have impacted our lives in so
many ways. Some of which will reverberate for years to come.
However, amid all the chaos, we were determined to keep dancing
and continue offering our world-class programming to the community. After days of deliberation and many hours of carefully considering our best options, we decided that we could accomplish both goals
Todd Eric Allen
NFB Artistic Director & CEO
First, to allow our dancers to perform, we developed a scaled down
version of The Nutcracker and filmed it at our studio. The soundtrack
was the live recorded music from our 2019 production of The
Nutcracker, featuring NFB’s Symphony Orchestra led by our very own
Music Director David Ott. While we only made the show available to
our dancers and their families, we are so grateful for the support and
resources that made the endeavor possible.
However, our membership drive helped us achieve another milestone
while providing the community access to archived productions. As
a benefit of joining NFB during the campaign, members were given
access to the 2019 production of The Nutcracker and 2018’s Peter
Pan. Both feature the NFB Symphony Orchestra as well. This exclusive
digital access through ShowTix4U.com provided streaming access to
patrons, which we plan to incorporate as part of future productions
when we are back in the theater.
Again, we cannot thank everyone enough who stood by NFB while
facing their own challenges due to the pandemic. We truly could
not have done it without you. Our sincere hope is that you and your
family remain safe and healthy in the months to come. We encourage
you to stay tuned as we make plans to return to the stage soon!
Todd Eric Allen, Artistic Director/CEO
NFB is supported, in part, by the
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.