No Christmas season is complete without a trip to see The Nutcracker! Introduce your family to Clara, the Sugar Plum fairies and those sword-wielding mice. There is truly something for everyone to love at this show. The Long Beach Ballet has tickets available for Nutcracker performances on December 13, 14, 20 and 21.
This season marks the 32nd production of the annual classic for the Long Beach Ballet and they are promising a fantastical show. Some of the highlights will include a full symphony orchestra, flying sleigh, a real live horse, on-stage pyrotechnics and a cast of over 200 performers. The scenery was created by former Disney designers Elliot Hessayon and Scott Schaffer, the costumes designed by Australian artist Adrian Clark, and special effects by renowned magician Franz Harary.
Show times for the Nutcracker ballet is Saturdays, December 13th and 20th, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sundays, December 14th and 21st, at 2 p.m., at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. Tickets can be purchased through the Long Beach Ballet “Hotline” at (877) 852-3177, at all TicketMaster outlets, and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office.
Family-friendly ticket prices start at $22.40 with choice seats only $65.00 for adults and $52.00 for children. There is also a special VIP Package available at $95.00 for adults ($80.00 for children and seniors), which includes choice Center Orchestra seating, parking, souvenir program, and a backstage pass. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.
About the Long Beach Ballet: Long Beach Ballet is one of Southern California’s leading classical ballet institutions. The academy’s reputation is based on excellence, dedication and passion for the art. Students from this academy have gone on to join companies like San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and the Dresden Ballet. For more information visit http://www.longbeachballet.com
About the Artistic Director of The Long Beach Ballet: Los Angeles native, David Wilcox began studying the dance at the age of eleven. He continued his studies in London and at the age of nineteen began his professional career in Germany where he danced with the Berlin Ballet, the Nuremberg Ballet and the Heidelberg Ballet. In 1981, he co-founded Long Beach Ballet which became Southern California’s most successful ballet company for 15 years. Many of Wilcox’s students have gone on to join companies like San Francisco Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Milwaukee Ballet and New York Ballet Theater. He has produced and directed nine ballet tours to Asia and has staged three full-length ballets for the Classical Ballet of Guangzhou, China: The Nutcracker, La Bayadere and Cinderella. He lives with his wife and daughters in Long Beach.