Behind the scenes of “The Nutcracker”

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An old holiday favorite is getting a makeover.

For the first time in more than 30 years, The Nutcracker will have a new look.

The Kansas City Ballet spent more than $2.5 million dollars on a new set, costumes, lighting and props.

They've modernized the show as well, so "The Nutcracker" you grew up watching will be a lot different this year.

While the story and music stays the same, the directors have freshened up the story and performance to make it easier to understand and more modern.

"There's so much energy with this event right now," artistic director Devon Carney said. "It's all new. No one seen it before. Even the dancers in the designers, we're all discovering the show for the first time here in the theater and it's been such an exciting process."

"The Nutcracker" opens at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on December 5th and runs through Christmas Eve.

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