Stolen ‘The Nutcracker’ Costumes Returned

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Stolen ‘The Nutcracker’ Costumes Returned Clara and The Nutcracker Gabriel Saldana CC

The Nutcracker stolen items have been found. Last month, costumes from The Nutcracker were reportedly stolen from a warehouse in Rhode Island.

The stolen items included the Nutcracker’s mask and the Sugar Plum Fairy’s tutu. Police in Pawtucket have received the items.

The Nutcracker Costumes Returned By Client’s Lawyer

An attorney representing a client presented the missing items to the police.

In November, certain costumes and parts were discovered missing from a warehouse in Pawtucket. A November story from the Providence Journal said that as many as 50 costumes and headpieces were stolen. The stolen costumes, which included the title character’s mask and red velvet costume, belonged to the production of “The Nutcracker.”

“It’s just kind of unbelievable – especially around this time of year,” Mihailo “Misha” Djuric, The Festival Ballet Providence’s artistic director, said in a phone interview with the Providence Journal on Tuesday. The ballet company said the mask cost $2,000 and the handmade costumes cost around $600 each.

Ruth Davis, spokeswoman for the ballet company, said that the other items missing included one of three tutus for the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse Queen costume and Swarovski crystal-studded ballerina tutus. As many as 52 items had disappeared.

Ballet Companies Offer Costumes For The Nutcracker

The rental costs to replace the stolen items for the production reached an estimated $60,000, according to police department spokeswoman Maj. Tina Golsalves. One of the returned masks has suffered damage. The Associated Press noted that Djuric is assessing the rest of the returned items.

A few ballet companies offered to lend their costumes. The  Kansas City Ballet, Rochester City Ballet, Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and Youth Ballet, Neglia Conservatory of Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Mobile (Ala.) Ballet and Commonwealth Ballet lent their costumes for the ballet.

“The ballet world is an incredibly tight-knit community and we are so grateful for the outpouring of support that we have already seen from ballet companies,” Djuric said.