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Productions near and far

Posted: December 2, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: December 2, 2011 6:00 a.m.
The Santa Clarita Ballet performs “The Nutcracker.” The Santa Clarita Ballet performs “The Nutcracker.”
The Santa Clarita Ballet performs “The Nutcracker.”

Whether you want to stay in town for your "Nutcracker" or spend your entire holiday season comparing the various productions around the greater Los Angeles area, this is the time for magical holiday dreams.
Take your pick.

Santa Clarita Ballet performs
‘The Nutcracker'
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Valencia, CA 91355
Call (661) 251-0366 or (661) 251-6844 for tickets  
Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - The Santa Clarita Ballet's celebrated production of "The Nutcracker" returns. Follow Marie and her Nutcracker to the magical land of snow and sugar plums. It's a fun-filled, enchanted evening the whole family will enjoy with professional guest artists and newly added choreography for this year. Tickets are $26, $28, $30.

Joffrey Ballet's
‘The Nutcracker Ballet'
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(2130 972-0711
Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2 and 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. - In Robert Joffrey's rendition of the classic story, dazzling costumes, contemporary choreography and imaginative sets will delight generations of dance lovers. Revel in the beauty of this holiday tradition with live performances by the LA Opera Orchestra, the National Children's Chorus, led by Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer, and more than 60 local children. Tickets are $34 to $125.

Long Beach Ballet ‘Nutcracker'
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Pasadena Civic
300 E. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 793-2122
Dec. 21 and 22, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, 2 p.m. - Tickets $24 - $85.

Long Beach Terrace Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 18 at noon and 4 p.m. - Tickets $24 - $85.

Moscow Ballet's
‘Great Russian Nutcracker'
La Mirada Theatre for the
Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Blvd.
La Mirada, CA 90638
(562) 944-9801  
Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Featuring spectacular sets and beautifully costumed Russian dancers, Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" is a holiday treat for the whole family. Tickets $40 - $150.

‘Hot Chocolate Nutcracker'
Debbie Allen Dance Academy
Royce Hall, University of
California Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-2101
Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. - The "Hot Chocolate Nutcracker" is Debbie Allen's hilarious and culturally rich take on the perennial Christmas classic. With an original score by Arturo Sandoval, Tena Clark, Mariah Carey, Chau-Ging and James Ingram, the "Hot Chocolate Nutcracker" offers a fresh new twist, while presenting new dances - hip hop, flamenco, cirque techniques, tap - as well as bringing a new social relevance to this story. Tickets $25 - $47.50.

Los Angeles Ballet,
‘The Nutcracker'
(310) 998-7782
(At three venues) Choreography by Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, music by P.I. Tchaikovsky. The holiday tradition continues with LAB's acclaimed original production of "The Nutcracker." Join Clara and her Nutcracker as they journey to magical realms where mischievous mice battle toy soldiers, snowflakes dance, and Clara's dolls come to life. The holidays wouldn't be complete without the retelling of one of the season's most beloved tales. Experience the season's joy as Tchaikovsky's classic music guides you on a journey through a world full of beauty and magic, of dancing snowflakes and sugar plums, and a war betwixt. Tickets $30 - $95.

Royce Hall, University of
California Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-2101
Dec. 17 and 18 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 243-2539
Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

Redondo Beach Performing
Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
(310) 937-6607
Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec, 24 at 1 p.m.

Westside Ballet of
Santa Monica ‘Nutcracker'
Wadsworth Theatre
11301 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90073
(310) 479-3636
Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. - Westside Ballet of Santa Monica presents its 39th annual lavish performances of "The Nutcracker." Brought to life by falling snow and a Christmas tree that grows, Westside Ballet's "Nutcracker" is not only the longest running Nutcracker production in Los Angeles history - it's the closest to George Balanchine's original version in quality, integrity, and musicality. Tickets $30.



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