The Nutcracker in San Diego

The Nutcracker, a beloved Christmas tradition

The Nutcracker playing throughout San Diego

The ballet premiered in Russia in 1892 by famous composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  It wasn’t until 1944 though that the San Francisco Ballet became the first American company to perform the entire ballet in the United States.

What sets it apart?  It could be the the exotic melody of the famous “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” with its use of the celestra, an instrument similar to a group of tuning forks.  Children will love that one of the main characters, Clara is usually played by a child.  From beautiful costumes and sets, to the iconic nutcracker statue that most of us recognize as a symbol of the holidays. 

Here in San Diego, we are fortunate to have several companies performing their rendition of the classic.  My 7 year old daughter and I watched the California Ballet’s  company perform at the Poway Center for the Arts.  It was a wonderful production.  After this past weekend they moved to the San Diego Civic Theatre

See list of various productions of the Nutcracker and information on purchasing tickets.  It’s sure to also be an annual tradition in your household.  Tickets subject to availability. 

California Ballet at the Civic Theatre – the longest-running Nutcracker production in San Diego (43 years to be exact). December 18-21, 2010.

West Coast Ballet at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido  December 17-18, 2010

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet at the Casa Del Prado Theater Dec 17-19, 2010

City Ballet of San Diego  at the Spreckels Theatre in Downtown San Diego. Dec 10-19, 2010

Playing at Copley Symphony Hall on Monday, December 20, 2010 is the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

San Diego Ballet  at Mandeville Center at UCSD. Dec 16-17, 2010

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