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Inland Pacific Ballet The Nutcracker

December 11-19, 2021

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Recently the dancing for Clara has been enhanced and her character is now woven throughout the story, so for audiences already familiar with the show there is new choreography.

Riverside Fox Performing Arts Center

Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside
3801 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
$31-83 approx., riversidepac.com

December 11, 2021, 1 & 6:30 p.m.
December 12, 2021, 1 p.m.

December 18, 2021, 1 & 6:30 p.m.
December 19, 2021, 1 p.m.

Music
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography
Laurence Blake and Victoria Koenig
Scenic Design
Nancy Seruto and Daniel C. Nyiri
Costume Design
Jeanne Nolden
Lighting Design
Joseph R. Walls

Inland Pacific Ballet
The Nutcracker
Everyone’s Favorite Holiday Tradition in the Inland Empire
Rancho Cucamonga ~ Riverside ~ Claremont

And back by popular demand, three Friday performances of the hilarious Nutty Nutcracker

Who: Inland Pacific Ballet, southern California’s premier professional ballet company

What: The Nutcracker
Enjoy a treasured holiday tradition with family and friends at southern California’s most spectacular production of The Nutcracker from critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet. Celebrating 25 years, Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Nutcracker comes to life with this magnificent ballet comprised of beautiful sets, dazzling costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage. This annual performance tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Toy soldiers, life-sized dancing dolls, and a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy stir the imagination. Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs. This is family entertainment at its best.

Back by popular demand! Since its debut in 2004, audience members have delighted in The Nutty Nutcracker, which comes to the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga for the first time, and returns to Riverside’s Fox Performing Arts Center and Claremont’s Bridges Auditorium for one performance at each venue. A hilarious send up of everyone’s favorite holiday ballet, The Nutty Nutcracker features a zany storyline loosely based on the traditional Nutcracker. Follow Clara and her offbeat cousin, Anya as they witness hysterical antics and unexpected visitors in the Land of the Sweets. Get ready for sidesplitting surprises and wacky characters in this comic version of the holiday classic.

Inland Pacific Ballet is celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season and was founded in 1994 by Southern California natives Victoria Koenig and Kevin Myers, and quickly become one of Southern California’s cultural jewels. Its mission is to build and sustain a professional ballet company in the Inland Empire of Southern California, committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets, presenting the best in contemporary choreography, and providing an essential training ground for serious young dancers.

During the past 25 years Koenig and Myers have built Inland Pacific Ballet into the premier ballet company in the region, enjoying critical acclaim while performing the largest and most varied repertoire in the area. The Company’s repertoire includes such classics as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Sylphides, Graduation Ball and Swan Lake Act II. Full length classical masterpieces include Giselle, Coppélia and a lavish production of The Nutcracker. Contemporary classics include masterpieces by the legendary George Balanchine including Serenade, Concerto Barocco and Who Cares? and a growing body of original work which includes creative adaptations of much-loved stories such as The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Dracula and Beauty and the Beast.
 

Founded in 1991, The Inland Pacific Ballet Academy brings professional quality dance training and performing opportunities to students of all ages and levels of experience. The Nutcracker holiday tradition comes to the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley in four theaters in
Arcadia, Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, & Riverside.   Southern California's premiere professional ballet company, Inland Pacific Ballet, is critically acclaimed, bringing The Nutcracker to life with dazzling sets, beautiful costumes, and nearly 100 dancers on stage. While the core elements of The
Nutcracker story remain the same, the show is always evolving and changing. This keeps it fresh. 


Inland Pacific Ballet's Founders/Artistic Directors Victoria Koenig and Kevin Myers (Riverside), are southern
California natives and bring a wealth of experience to their visionary leadership of this young Company. Over
the past 20 years they have built Inland Pacific Ballet into the premiere ballet company and a key creative force
in the region,

Victoria Koenig and Kevin Myers are Directors, and Jill Voznick is  Co-Director of Inland Pacific Ballet.
 

Victoria Koenig - After many years as a professional dancer, and extensive international travel as a guest artist and teacher, Victoria Koenig returned home to Southern California and has become a shaping force in the region's dance community. She co-founded the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, was on the faculty of the Stanley Holden Dance Center, and served on the dance faculty of California State University, Long Beach.  Koenig has brought her many years of professional experience to the Inland Valley as Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Inland Pacific Ballet, one of the fastest growing cultural assets in Southern California. She is also on the dance faculty at Pomona College.

Kevin Myers - Myers danced with the Houston Ballet in solo roles in the classic repertoire including The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty. As soloist with the Los Angeles Ballet he danced principal roles in Balanchine ballets, including Tarantella and Jewels. Myers is fulfilling a dream of widening the opportunities for young people of the Inland Empire to experience the art of ballet.

Jill Voznick joined the Southwest Ballet Center as a scholarship student and also trained at The School of American Ballet in New York City. A graduate of the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, IL, she became a member of The National Ballet of Illinois and the Joffrey II Dancers before joining The Atlanta Ballet in 1980, where she was a soloist and principal dancer for 13 years. In addition to her accomplishments with the Atlanta Ballet she has established herself as a renowned teacher at The Atlanta School of Ballet, the official school of North Carolina Dance Theater, Dance Place and The Cincinnati School of Ballet.  ipballet.org


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