A Holiday tradition- The Nutcracker returns to the stage in Sacramento!

untitledBy Heather Crivellone

Christmastime means candy canes, cold weather, warm smiles and of course- Sugarplum Fairies! What little girl (and boy) doesn’t have dreams of sugarplums dancing, marching toy soldiers, snowflakes and the magic that only this time of year can bring? I don’t think anyone could argue that the classic ballet “The Nutcracker” is one of the most beloved holiday traditions.  And once again, the Sacramento Ballet is proud to feature Ron Cunningham’s “The Nutcracker” here in Downtown Sacramento at the Community Center Theater.

The images of young Clara battling the Giant Mouse King, being saved by her Nutcracker Prince, and then journeying to the magical Snowflake Forest and Kingdom of the Sweets have become a part of our culture. Joining the professional company in this annual production are more than 500 youngsters from throughout the region who take their first “leap” into the world of performing arts with the Sacramento Ballet, making it a true holiday spectacular.”

I’m especially excited to go to the Nutcracker this year- as I’m planning on taking my little princess.  She is “All Girl” and I can’t wait to see her expression when she watches the Sugar Plum Fairy dance across the stage…probably the best Christmas gift I will receive!

And on December 7, if you have your own little “girlie girl”, you may want to sign up for the popular children’s “Sugar Plum Fairy Tea”. Now I say for the “girlie girls”- but I guarantee I will also be bringing along my little boy to this event!. From 5:30-7:30pm in the Capitol Plaza Ballroom, step into a Winter Wonderland and meet your favorite characters from the Nutcracker. Enjoy a bountiful sandwich and dessert buffet, with your special tea or hot chocolate. Guests receive a unique memory book, with collector’s ornament. Photographers will be there to take your special photo with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker for a $10 donation. Raffle tickets will also be available for fantastic prizes! Tickets for this special event can be purchased online for $30 general Admission.      

The Nutcracker Ballet begins on December 6 and runs through December 21.  Show times vary and tickets begin at $19.. Check their website or call for ticket information and performance times.




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