Boston Ballet's production of The Nutcracker is a visual marvel of shimmering snowflakes, glittering fairies, toys and sweets that come to life, and a tree that grows before your eyes.
> 285 — Number of dancers in the show, which includes:
68 — Company dancers
217 — Boston Ballet students
> 16 feet 11 inches — Height of the onstage Christmas tree before it "grows"
> 42 feet 6 inches — Height of the tree after it grows
> 600 — Number of ornaments on the tree
> 40,000 — Square footage of Boston Ballet's warehouse in Newburyport, where most of the props are made
> 182 — Number of costumes used in each performance
> 350 — Approximate number of costumes made for the production's multiple casts
> 2,000 — Yards of netting and tulle used to make the costumes
> 250 — Number of hand-tied tacks on each tutu
> 3,600 — Number of jewels on the bodices and tutus of the Sugar Plum and Dew Drop Fairy costumes
> 200,000 — Number of jewels adorning the costumes
Sources: Boston Ballet; IMDB