This year marks the 125th Anniversary of the ballet “The Nutcracker,” and several local companies are presenting their versions of the holiday tradition to audiences in the Inland Empire.
Victoria Koenig, Artistic Director and Founder of Inland Pacific Ballet, is particularly excited about this year’s performances. “What makes Inland Pacific Ballet’s Nutcracker so special is the wonderful young talent and new choreography with a unique perspective and delightful new ways to enhance the show, creating more surprises than ever before. We can’t wait for our audiences to experience all the fun new elements in the show this year!”
For Glenda Carhart, Director of BRAVA (Ballet Resource Active Volunteer Association), it’s the group dynamic that creates the appeal of the annual performance, whether it’s the guest artists who return year after year to dance in the ballet, or the children, both in the cast and in the audience. “The magic is watching the kids in the [theatre]; the magic is watching the face on a young dancer watching the big stars come in,” she says.
If you want to make “The Nutcracker” part of your holiday celebration this year, here are some of the best companies in the area presenting the classical ballet:
BRAVA (Ballet Resource Active Volunteer Association): Starring Skylar Campbell and Jillian Vanstone from the National Ballet of Canada, and Roddy Doble and Rie Ichikawa from Boston Ballet. December 17th & 18th at Landis Auditorium at Riverside Community College. Discounts for Girl Scout Troops.
Inland Dance Theatre: Featuring guest artists Allynne Noelle (of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet) and Thomas Garrett. December 9th-11th at California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino.
Inland Pacific Ballet: November 26th & 27th at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga; December 10th & 11th at The Fox Theatre in Riverside; December 17th & 19th at Bridges Auditorium in Claremont. Senior, child, and group discounts are available.
Inland Valley Classical Ballet Theatre: November 25th-27th at Old Town Temecula Community Theatre.
Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet: Celebrating their 25th anniversary. November 25th-27th at the Rim Performing Arts Theatre (at Rim of the World High School).
The Ballet Studio: December 23rd at Old Town Temecula Community Theatre. $3 discount for military, seniors, and students.