Who is that guest star with the cold, wet nose?
In 2013, Ballet Nebraska and the Nebraska Humane Society created the “Muttcracker” program to promote the adoption of shelter pets.
At each of Ballet Nebraska’s performances of The Nutcracker, a shelter dog is a featured guest star in the grand Christmas Party scene.
The Muttcracker guest stars are specially selected by the Humane Society’s animal behavior specialists for their loving personalities and calm stage presence as they share the spotlight with the company’s professional dancers.
Artistic director Erika Overturff has a special place in her heart for the ballet’s Muttcracker program.
“My own dog, Maggie, was a shelter pet,” says Overturff. “I love helping other pets find homes.”