Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo has announced that Carl Sprague, a noted film and theater designer, will design and build all new sets, properties and scenery for the Albany Berkshire Ballet's Nutcracker.
will generously donate his
designs and supervision to the ballet company.Carl Sprague
, a Berkshire County native who lives in Stockbridge MA, has designed for both stage and film.He
has worked on a long list of motion pictures including The Love Letter (1998), You've Got Mail (1998), In Dreams (1997), Amistad (1997), Before and After (1995), The Paper (1993), and The Age of Innocence (1992).Mr. Sprague
has also assisted with Broadway shows such as Girl Crazy and Chess.His
local theater work includes designing for the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge MA, Mixed Company
in Great Barrington MA, and the Oldcastle Theater in Bennington VT.
A holiday season family favorite, the Nutcracker is without a doubt ballet's most beloved tradition.Set in the late 1800's, the ballet tells the story of a young girl named Clara and the magical dream she
has one Christmas Eve.Mr. Sprague's
designs emphasize the drama and elegance of the period and deepen the audience's experience of the story, tracing the threads of Clara's world through the enchanted landscape of her
dream.The designer has interpreted the dream as a young girl's journey from childhood to adolescence, a grand tour through time and space, which takes Clara from winter to spring in a single night.In total, Mr. Sprague's
designs for the new sets consist of seven complete new backdrops, plus a mini-theater and additional set of six mini-drops (one for each of the second act Divertissements), a portal curtain, and all new props for the drawing room scene, including a Christmas tree.