Backstage at the Slutcracker

slutcrackerSake Toomey, Catya von Sparkles and Abby Normal gather before going upstairs in their Polichinelle and Flower Dance costumes. Photos by Adrianne Mathiowetz.

This month, everyone’s favorite scandalous holiday burlesque production returns to the Somerville Theatre in all of its sequined, glittery, pole dancing glory.

Local photographer Adrianne Mathiowetz has been capturing candid, behind-the-scenes moments at the Slutcracker nearly every year since the show—and its giant peppermint dildo—first, uh, skewered Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet in 2008, and she’s watched it grow from the recipient of skeptical side eyes to one of the region’s most anticipated holiday events. “Every year, the show is more incredible,” she says. “Last year I talked to dancers who had traveled from outside Massachusetts to audition and were subletting in Somerville for the winter just to be in the show.”

We asked her to share some of her favorite shots from the last few years.

This story originally appeared in the November/December print edition of Scout, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout Somerville (and just beyond its borders) or by subscription.