Celebrating Their 31st Anniversary, Long Beach Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”

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The Long Beach Ballet will astound audiences this December with multiple performances of The Nutcracker at the Long Beach Terrace Theater on December 14th &  15th, and December 21st & December 22nd.  The 31th Anniversary production will burst with special guest performances and additional surprise treats the entire family will love.

The Long Beach Ballet’s Artistic Director, David Wilcox, pulled out all the stops for the 31th 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.

Returning to perform this year is Melissa Sandvig, finalist in season five of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Guest performers also include principle dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle- one of America’s biggest companies- Seth Orza and his wife Sarah Orza.

This year, the enchanting production surpasses all expectations by once again incorporating the South Coast Children’s Chorale, under the direction of Emily Dyer. Southern California residents will see and hear The Nutcracker exactly as Tchaikovsky wrote it, with angelic young voices blending harmoniously with full symphony orchestra. The Long Beach Ballet Orchestra also is only one of two ballet companies in the country to use two harps for their production of The Nutcracker to ensure the performance sounds exactly as Tchaikovsky intended it to.

“The Long Beach Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is one of the best in Southern California and we are honored to host this annual event at the Terrace Theater,” said Dan Spellens, Director of Theaters & Entertainment for the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.  “It is such a wonderful way for the entire family to enjoy and celebrate the Holiday Season,” he concluded.

Saturday show times are on December 14th and 21st, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday performances are on December 15th and 22nd, 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, as well as the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office. Tickets are $28.00 to $65.00 with a special VIP Packages are available at $95.00 for adults ($80.00 for seniors, and $80.00 for children), which includes choice Center Orchestra seating, parking, souvenir, admission to the VIP lounge during intermission, and a backstage pass. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.

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