ABT returns to California in Alexei Ratmansky's acclaimed The Nutcracker this December. As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score fills the air, join young Clara for a dreamlike journey amid colorful, larger-than-life scenery, magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, and a glittering Christmas tree! With an impressive cast of over 100 performers and a live orchestra, ABT’s The Nutcracker features sets and costumes by Richard Hudson (Tony®-Award-winner for The Lion King set designs) with choreography by ABT’s Artist in Residence, Alexei Ratmansky.The Nutcracker is bound to be a treasured memory whether you’re four or ninety-four!
The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker- an home grown original
from Debbie Allen!
Following the idea of the original, it’s Christmas Eve and the Johnsons are having a grand party. The Christmas gifts are shared and young Kara receives a Nutcracker filled with hot chocolate – her favorite. She falls asleep and the journey begins when the Nutcracker comes alive! Three wise cracking mice the three stooges incarnate from N.Y.C. who call themselves “The Real Rat Pack” lead the way. They go to many new lands of wonder: Candy Cane Land, Egypt, the Indian Rainforest/Bollywood, Jazzland, Russia, and the Land of the Kimono Dolls. With dazzling choreography, music and costumes, this is a holiday theater experience that all ages will enjoy!
at the Dorthy Chandler Pavillion
AN UNRIVALED HOLIDAY TRADITION!
After 27 years The Miami City Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is set for a magical revamp. For 2017, The Miami City Ballet's all-new production by Cuban-American artistic power couple, Isabel and Ruben Toledo is set to enchant and wow audiences all over again. With brand new costumes, set and design the Nutcracker will be as you've never seen it before! The iconic choreography by George Balanchine and score by Tchaikovsky's will remain the same of course!
Welcome in the Holiday season with your whole family as you enjoy an evening of spectacular dance and magical costumes with one of the world's best loved tales, of the young Clara and her Nutcracker Prince.
Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker is LA’s ultimate family holiday tradition, perfect for celebrating the season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, this original production takes place in 1912 Los Angeles. You will be captivated as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle a most memorable Mouse King, encounter dancing Snowflakes and travel to the Palace of the Dolls.
For over 45 years, audiences have thrilled to Westside Ballet’s lavish productions of The Nutcracker, which the company says makes it the longest-running “Nutcracker” ballet in Southern California
Long Beach Ballet
The Long Beach Ballet’s Artistic Director, David Wilcox, pulled out all the stops for the 35th production of the classical tale. This production boasts a full symphony orchestra, a flying sleigh, a real live horse, on-stage pyrotechnics, and a cast of over 200. The enchanting scenery was created by former Disney designers Elliot Hessayon and Scott Schaffer, the detailed costumes designed by Australian artist Adrian Clark, and special effects by renowned magician Franz Harary.
This year’s guest artists in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince include Vanessa Zahorian, principal ballerina with the San Francisco Ballet, Seth Orza, principal male dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Sarah Ricard Orza, soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet.