California Nutcracker Ballet


Santa Barbara Festival Ballet The Nutcracker

December 10-11, 2022

Arlington Theatre
1317 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA

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December 10, 2022, 2:30 & 7 p.m.
December 11, 2022, 2:30 p.m.

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet Company Dancers
UCSB Dance Company
Community Members and student dancers comprise a cast of near 100 characters.

2022 Cast includes Rat King: Alexander Kaay; Clara: Anya McCue | Understudy: Ember Reiter; Herr Drosselmeyer: Sam Miller-Christiansen; and over 90 dancers and actors

Under the Artistic Direction of Aimee Lopez, this Nutcracker has delighted generations throughout our Central Coast for decades. Beautifully costumed and staged, Nutcracker At The Arlington is recognized as one of the rare and longest continuously running productions in the USA. A True Santa Barbara Holiday Tradition.

Presented by the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet. A true Santa Barbara Holiday Tradition for more than 40 Years, Nutcracker at the Arlington, presented with a Live, Full Symphony Orchestra, takes you on a magical journey.

Santa Barbara State Street Ballet The Nutcracker

December 17-18, 2022

The Granada Theatre
1214 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA
Cost: $26-106, plus fees,

December 17, 2022, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
December 18, 2022, 2 p.m.

Choreographed by Rodney Gustafson
Additional Choreography by Marina Fliagina, Gary McKenzie, Cecily MacDougall, Megan Philipp
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conducted by Brian Asher Alhadeff

State Street Ballet brings this annual favorite to the grandeur of The Granada. Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra and the talented students of Gustafson Dance join State Street Ballet's professional dancers in this celebration of the magic of the holiday season.

This holiday family favorite is set to the music of Tchaikovsky and staged against opulent sets. It tells the story of young Clara, who receives a beautiful toy nutcracker at a holiday party. In her dream that night, the toy comes to life and escorts her on a magical journey to a land of sweets and snow.

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