The Nutcracker Presented by Westside Ballet of Santa Monica
After nearly two years of virtual performances, SoCal’s longest running production of The Nutcracker returns to the big stage for an extra special magical Holiday Season. Westside Ballet of Santa Monica’s talented pre-professional dancers share the world-class Broad Stage with accomplished professional guest artists to present six enchanting ballet productions, beginning Thanksgiving Weekend and running through the 5th of December.
In an enchanting realm of Holiday fantasy from the moment the lights dim––from the classic Victorian-style party scene to the Kingdom of Sweets, where Tchaikovsky's sparkling creativity inspires dances of fanciful flowers and splendid fairy queens––the Westside production preserves its most treasured traditional characters and scenes: the tree that grows, a firing cannon, and falling snow over a stunning corps de ballet of glittering Snowflakes. Charming children’s roles include party children, mice, and soldiers.
“Words cannot describe how elated we are to FINALLY be returning to The Broad Stage with Westside Ballet’s signature production! There is truly nothing like sharing the artistry and talent of our beautifully refined dancers with the Santa Monica community. We can't wait to see you!” –– Martine Harley, Artistic Director.
Covid vaccine and testing guidelines shall be enforced for both dancers and audiences, following both Los Angeles County and Santa Monica College health and Covid protocols. Dancers and audience members above age 12 will be required to show vaccination certificates. Those below the age of 12 or with medical exceptions, will be required to show a negative PCR test. Masks will be required for all audience members and unvaccinated dancers.
Performances always sell out, and with just 6 performances, make sure you don't miss out! Grab your tickets now and join us for this jubilant celebration of the return of live performances!
The traditional full-length ballet in two acts, the production is a close rendition of George Balanchine’s homage to the original Nutcracker danced in 19th-Century Russia. Westside’s founder Yvonne Mounsey––who created the Nutcracker role of Center Spanish during the peak of her career as principal dancer with New York City Ballet––brought the Holiday Classic to Southern California in 1973.
Join Clara’s magical voyage with swirling snowflakes; the shimmering Snow Queen; angels gliding on clouds; waltzing flowers; small Polichinelles popping out from underneath Mother Ginger’s giant skirt; and exquisite national dances (Spanish chocolate, marzipan Mirlitons, Arabian coffee, Peppermints, Chinese tea, and leaping Russians).
Saturday Nov 27 @ 1 pm and 5 pm
Sunday Nov 28 @ 1pm
Saturday Dec 4 @ 1 pm and 5 pm
Sunday Dec 5 @ 1 pm
TICKETS ONLY $50
Special Group Rates Available for Groups of 15 or More.
For special group rates and ticket questions, please email: email@example.com
For more information and a sneak peak video preview please visit our website at www.westsideballet.com and click on the NUTCRACKER link
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