With the Long Beach Ballet celebrating its 29th anniversary, this holiday classic will feature a full symphony orchestra, a flying sleigh, a live horse, on-stage pyrotechnics, and a cast of more than 200. The 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 production will also incorporate 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 young voices blending harmoniously with a full symphony orchestra.
Show times will be: Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2pm and 7:30pm; and Sunday, Dec. 18 at noon and 4pm.
“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.”
Tickets can be purchased through all TicketMaster outlets and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center’s main box office, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Tickets are $24 to $48, with a special VIP package available at $85 for adults, $75 for seniors and $60 for children, which includes choice center orchestra seating, parking, a 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, call TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.