Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker: A Look Back in Pictures

As we prepare for the farewell season of PNB’s Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker, here’s a look back in pictures at how this cherished holiday tradition got its start.


Maurice Sendak’s original illustrations:
Maurice Sendak’s original illustration of Clara.



Maurice Sendak’s original illustrations of Clara and the Prince.


Maurice Sendak’s original illustration for PNB’s Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker.


Maurice Sendak’s original illustration for PNB’s Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker.


Maurice Sendak and Kent Stowell during Nutcracker rehearsals:



Costume Shop Manager Larae Hascall helps out backstage:


The famous growing Christmas tree backstage at Seattle’s old Opera House:

The rebuilt Christmas tree in a Boeing hangar:


Maurice Sendak, Patricia Barker, Alaina Albertson, Wade Walthall, and Kent Stowell on opening night of Nutcracker (December 1983):



For more photos, be sure to open your Nutcracker program to the centerfold for a special commemorative feature! If you’d like to read more about our beloved Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker, check out our archived blog posts:



Blog by Kristen Ramer Liang.

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