The Long Beach Ballet will continue its annual holiday tradition this December with six performances of The Nutcracker at the Long
Beach Terrace Theater on December 10th & 11th, and December 17th& December 18th. As always, the production bursts 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 34th 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.
This year's guest artists in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince include Vanessa Zahorian, principal
ballerina with the San Francisco Ballet, Seth Orza, principal male dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Sarah Ricard Orza, soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Also special for this year's production, the Long Beach Ballet is investing in a new, upgraded version of one of its famous magic tricks in The Nutcracker.
Designed by internationally renowned magician Franz Harary, the giant empty Christmas package that has wowed Long Beach Nutcracker audiences for many years, is being rebuilt
from the ground up to be even more amazing. Whereas the old package had to be pulled out onto the stage by performers and had a visible hose attached that provided the
fog for the illusion, the new six-foot-cube will float magically onto the stage, turning 360 degrees on the way, proving to the audience that there are no trap doors nor
outside influence to assist with the magical transformation of the Nutcracker Doll into the Prince. The new grand-scale illusion is being created by the
engineering department of Cal State Long Beach under the tutelage of Bob Ward.
This holiday season will also mark the debut of Long Beach Ballet's first annual
Nutcracker Luncheon on Sunday, December 18th, 2016. This elegant, elaborate, family oriented pre-performance lunch banquet will be hosted below the Terrace Theatre in the
Seaside Ballroom. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Long Beach Ballet Artistic Director David Wilcox, and take pictures with Orion, the Nutcracker Prince's real
white stallion! The luncheon also includes wine, a children's menu and exclusive VIP seating. The Nutcracker Luncheon is planned and executed by Susan Malecki,
former Guild Chair of the San Francisco Ballet. All VIP seats for this performance are reserved for patrons of the Nutcracker Luncheon and can only be reserved by
calling the Long Beach Ballet at (562) 426-4622. Tickets go on sale October 3rd. For complete information, visit www.LongBeachNutcracker.com
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.
The Long Beach Terrace Theatre, 300 E Ocean Blvd.,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 pm
In Person – Long Beach Convention
Center Box Office
By Phone - Long Beach Ballet "Hotline" (877) 852-3177
"Crammed with special effects, the familiar Long Beach Ballet version of The Nutcracker
has nearly everything money can buy. For an opulent, family-oriented, entertainment -- seek no further."
- Los Angeles Times