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The 30th Anniversary of The Nutcracker in Long Beach

Long Beach welcomes the return of this classic holiday tale of dance, music, and magic.

Saturday marked the return of "The Nutcracker" for its 30th Anniversary run in Long Beach, and there are only Sunday's matinee and next weekend's three performances remaining to see this classic holiday tradition.

David Wilcox, artistic director of the Long Beach Ballet, has said of the production, " I tend to be a 'traditionalist' and believe that Tchaikovsky's genius should be honored by presenting his work as he wrote it."

And traditional it IS, from the set and costumes to the two harps - as it was originally written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for its premier some 130 years ago in St. Petersburg.

The Long Beach Terrace Theater staging, though, is lavish, bright, and includes over 200 performers, magic, pyrotechnics and a live horse for Clara and our Prince's sleigh.

Expect many surprises and to have an evening of enchantment as Clara and The Nutcracker take you on a journey you will always remember!

Remaining shows and ticket infornation can be found at TheNutcracker.com

Pamela Bozanich December 16, 2012 at 03:38 PM
This is a beautiful production of the Nutcracker and really sets the holiday mood. The live orchestra is terrific. It is a visual feast for the Christmas season and if you've never seen this Nutcracker, you are missing out.
Nancy Wride December 17, 2012 at 09:51 AM
I agree, Pamela. And Dave Newell's photos are taken by a true lover of the arts and of The Nutcracker. (Do you have a sister, Kathy? :D)

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