Long Beach Ballet to Perform The Nutcracker at the Terrace Theater This Weekend

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Long Beach Ballet  The NutcrackerLong Beach Ballet will astound audiences at the Terrace Theater/Long Beach Performing Arts Center this Saturday December 17th,, and Sunday December 18th,with their classic rendition of The Nutcracker. Presented by the Long Beach Ballet, four performances of the celebrated tale are scheduled.

With the Long Beach Ballet celebrating its 29th Anniversary, this Holiday Classic 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, the enchanting production surpasses all expectations by incorporating the South Coast Children’s Chorale, under the direction of Emily Dyer. For the first time in 15 years, Southern California will once again see and hear The Nutcracker exactly as Tchaikovsky wrote it, with angelic young voices blending harmoniously with full symphony orchestra.

The Long Beach Ballet’s Nutcracker has been seen by millions of people worldwide, including live audiences totaling more than 400,000 in Long Beach, 70,000 in Pasadena, hundreds of thousands throughout Asia (as performed by the Chinese Guangzhou Ballet), and millions more on television.

Show times are Saturday, December 17th, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 18th, at 12:00 noon and 4 p.m.

“We always look forward to this wonderful annual event at the Terrace Theater,” said Dan Spellens, Director of Theaters & Entertainment for the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. “Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a wonderful way for the entire family to celebrate the Holiday Season,” he concluded.

Tickets can be purchased through all TicketMaster outlets and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office. Tickets are $24.00 to $48.00 with a special VIP Package available at $85.00 for adults ($75.00 for seniors, and $60.00 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. To charge by phone, please call TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. The Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office is located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard and is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday and 12:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday.

One of the few ocean front arena and convention facilities in the country, the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center attracts approximately 2 million people each year for conventions, trade shows, theater and sporting events. Managed by SMG, the Center offers state-of-the-art facilities including unique entertainment venues at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, which includes the Terrace and Center Theaters, as well as the Long Beach Arena. For further information on the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, please call (562) 436-3636 or visit www.longbeachcc.com.

Headquartered in West Conshohocken, PA, SMG provides facility services to over 200 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, performing arts theaters and convention and trade centers. With facilities across North/Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, SMG controls over 1.5 million entertainment seats worldwide and manages more than ten million feet of exhibition space.

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