California Nutcracker Ballet

The flying sleigh is the trademark of Long Beach's Nutcracker ballet! 

Long Beach Ballet The Nutcracker

December 16-23, 2022

Terrace Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
$35-125, plus fees

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Fri. December 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. December 17, 2022, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Sun. December 18, 2022, 2 p.m.
Thu. December 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. December 23, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

The Long Beach Ballet Artistic Director David Wilcox has pulled out all the stops for this 40th 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. Former Disney designers Elliot Hessayon and Scott Schaffer created the enchanting scenery, Australian artist Adrian Clark designed the detailed costumes, and renowned magician Franz Harary created the special effects.

Past info:

Scenery Design by Three Disney Designers
Flying by Foy
Pyrotechnics by John Bordeaux
Magic effects by Franz Harari
Featuring "Rebel" Long Beach Ballet's White Arabian!

58 Member Professional Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Roger Hickman, including full string section and 2 Harps.

Shown is the trademark flying sleigh of Long Beach's Nutcracker ballet presented by the Long Beach Ballet.  Audiences can now see & hear The Nutcracker exactly as Tchaikovsky wrote it -- with angelic young voices blending harmoniously with full symphony orchestra!  Past Scenery Design was imagined by Three Disney Designers, Flying by Foy, Pyrotechnics by John Bordeaux, Magic effects by Franz Harari, and features "Rebel" Long Beach Ballet's White Arabian!

The cast of more than 200 is backed by a full symphony orchestra.

Terrace Theater has hosted this artfully staged rendition of The Nutcracker for well over 25 years in performances that feature internationally known and recognized dance artists under the direction of L.A.'s own David Wilcox.

The artistic director founded Long Beach Ballet in 1978 after returning from a global learning and performance schedule that took him to the best known ballet companies in London and Germany (with Berlin, Nuremberg and Heidelberg Ballet companies. He's prolific, well-liked, driven to excellence, and creative beyond compare. When you watch a Wilcox ballet presentation, the most often heard comment is "wow!" 

Long Beach Ballet features one of Southern California's most popular Nutcracker productions.  Having nearly a  million tickets,  the production includes the only  SoCal full symphony orchestra production still under the baton of Roger Hickman.

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