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The Nutcracker


Friday, December 12, 2014
at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 13, 2014
at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, December 14, 2014
at 2:00pm

Friday, December 19, 2014
at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 20, 2014
at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, December 21, 2014
at 1:00pm and 5:00pm

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
at 1:00pm


Tickets:  $29 | $49 | $59 | $69 | $79



Spreckels Theatre

121 Broadway
Downtown San Diego

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More Holiday Events

Sugar Plum Luncheon

Saturday, December 13, 2014
at 12:00pm

Saturday, December 20, 2014
at 12:00pm

Luncheon Information

Messiah Sing-Along

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
at 7:30pm

Performance Information

Nutcracker Photo


About The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky's classic ballet about a young girl, Clara, who is given a Nutcracker for Christmas by her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer.  But this is no ordinary Nutcracker as Clara learns that very night.  After a great battle with the Mouse King, the Nutcracker turns into a Prince.  He takes Clara on a magical journey through the Land of the Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy honors the couple with entertainment from around the world.

Live Music Performed by City Ballet Orchestra, John Nettles, Conductor

Live Vocals Performed by Pacific Coast Chorus

Approximate Run Time:  2 hours 15 minutes, including one 15-minute intermissions

The Nutcracker Synopsis

Overture: Gifts From Herr Drosselmeyer

Gifts for the Children:  The Stahlbaums are hosting a Christmas Eve party.  Herr Drosselmeyer gives gifts to three Stahlbaum children, Louise, Fritz and Clara.

Act I: A Party, A Battle and Snow

Guests Arrive for Christmas Eve Party:  Parents and children trek through the snow and cold to the the Stahlbaums' well-appointed parlor.  The room's centerpiece is a beautiful Christmas tree, sparkling with lights and decorations.

The Celebration Begins:  The parents and children dance, including a Children's Gallup with toy horses.

Herr Drosselmeyer Arrives:  Clara's godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, arrives performing magic tricks for the children.  Louise, Fritz and Clara are wearing the gifts given to them by Herr Drosselmeyer and each perform a dance befitting their gifts.

The Play:  A miniature theater appears and Herr Drosselmeyer uses his magical powers to move the theater so the children may gather around.  The play features a battle between a Mouse King and a Prince.

Clara and Her Nutcracker:  Herr Drosselmeyer gives Clara a Nutcracker doll.  Her brother, Fritz, takes the Nutcracker doll from Clara and breaks it.  Clara is heartbroken.  Herr Drosselmeyer uses his magic to repair the Nutcracker.  The guests leave and Clara places her treasured Nutcracker doll under the magnificent Christmas tree.  The Stahlbaums climb the stairs and make their way to bed.

Clara Returns to the Parlor:  Later that night, Clara awakes and returns to the parlor.  She embraces her treasured Nutcracker doll, curls up on the sofa and falls back to sleep.

The Mice and a Battle:  As the clock approaches midnight, strange things begin to happen in the parlor.  Mice appear.  The Christmas tree grows, reaching up to the tall ceiling.  And her Nutcracker doll grows to life-size.  The mice, led by the Mouse King, and the gingerbread soldiers, led by the Nutcracker, do battle.  The battle ends when Clara throws her slipper at the Mouse King, allowing the Nutcracker to stab him.

The Nutcracker Becomes Clara's Prince:  Clara awakes in the middle of a snowy pine forest.  The Nutcracker becomes her handsome Prince and he leads her through the moonlit woods.

Waltz of the Snowflakes:  As the snow falls, the Snow Princesses dance, leading Clara and her Prince to their final destination, the Kingdom of Sweets.

Act II: The Kingdom of Sweets

Welcome to the Kingdom of Sweets:  The Sugar Plum Fairy leads a procession of dancers welcoming Clara and her Prince to the Kingdom of Sweets.  The Prince tells the story of the Mouse King, the battle and how Clara's throwing of her slipper led to victory.

A Celebration of Dances:  The Kingdom of Sweets honors Clara and her Prince with dances from around the world: Chocolate (Spanish Dance); Coffee (Arabian Dance); Tea (Chinese Dance); Trepak (Russian Dance); Dance of the Reed Flutes (Mirliton Dance); the bigger-than-life Mother Ginger and the Polichinelles; and finally the Waltz of the Flowers.

Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier:  The celebration closes with a grand dance by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, Prince Orgeat.

Finale:  A final waltz is performed by all the sweets, after which Clara and the Prince are crowned rulers of the Kingdom of Sweets.

Production Information

Music:  The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1892)

Music Performed By:  City Ballet Orchestra under the direction of John Nettles

Vocal Performances By:  Pacific Coast Chorus

World Premiere:  December 18, 1892 at the Mariinsky Theater, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Choreographer:  Elizabeth Wistrich, after Lev Ivanov, Vassily Vainonen, Rudolph Nureyev and Willam Christensen

Year Choreographed:  1995

City Ballet of San Diego Premiere:  1995

Costume Design:  David Heuvel

Scenery:  San Diego Opera Scenic Studios

Lighting Design:  Stephen Judson

Performance History:  The first performance of the ballet was on December 18, 1892 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  City Ballet of San Diego's first performance was in 1995, and the production has become an annual holiday tradition ever since.  The San Diego Dance Alliance awarded City Ballet of San Diego's production as The Best Nutcracker in San Diego.

Programming, musical selections and artists are subject to change