Sacramento Ballet’s Peter Pan Mesmerizes Audiences

By Alyssa Green

The premiere of the Sacramento Ballet’s Peter Pan opened last night and it was spectacular! It was a full house at Sacramento’s Community Center Theater where the magical world of Neverland came to life. The classic tale is by far a favorite among children and adults – as the story has been told for years on stages both big and small as well as through Disney’s popular animated movie. The ballet rendition does not disappoint. Our favorite characters – Wendy, Nana, Tinker Bell, the lost boys and of course Peter Pan, gave the audience exactly what they came for. Personality. A taste of youth. Pure entertainment!

We enjoyed the production so much, that it’s hard to decide what scenes or dances were our favorite. We loved the infamous crocodile and Captain Hook who both gave us a lot of laughs – even during a wardrobe malfunction. Tinker Bell was her perfect mischievous self throughout the entire one-and-a-half-hours. Tiger Lily and her Indian sisters gave us a beautiful dance, and the lost boys made us smile as they danced, played and rode down the slide of their tree house. And who can forget about Nana, the dog? Nana was wonderfully cast to look, act and even disobey, just like a real dog. She was awfully sweet.

We highly recommend taking your kids to see Ron Cunningham’s premiere of Peter Pan at the Community Center Theater. If you would like to attend, you’ll have to act fast. It runs through this weekend only.

What: Sacramento Ballet’s Peter Pan

Where: Community Center Theater

When: February 14, 2 pm and 7:30 pm, February 15, 2 pm

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Win Tickets to Sacramento Ballet’s World Premier of Peter Pan

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A favorite children’s story is coming to the Sacramento Ballet over Valentine’s Day weekend. Ron Cunningham’s world premier of Peter Pan will offer audiences of all ages a lovely and exciting reminder of what it means to have a magical childhood. Join Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys and Captain Hook as they grace the stage in this childhood classic, adapted for ballet. You can get a sneak peek as well as some behind-the-scenes demonstrations of this production at the McKinley Park library at 12:00 pm on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

What: Sacramento Ballet Presents Peter Pan

When: February 13-15, 2015

Where: Community Center Theater

Win Tickets: The folks at the Sacramento Ballet have generously given us a family pack of four tickets to give away to one lucky family. If you would like a chance to win this family pack to Peter Pan for the 2:00 pm showing on Saturday, February 14, 2015, please tell us who your favorite Peter Pan character is and why in the comment section below. One lucky reader will be randomly chosen on Friday, January 30, 2015. Good luck!

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

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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.

 

 

A Holiday Tradition- The Nutcracker comes back to Sacramento

imagesBy 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 six year old little girl.  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 8th, if you have your own little “girlie girl”, you may want to sign up for the popular children’s High Tea event. Now I say for the “girlie girls”- but I guarantee I will also be bringing along my little boy to this event J . From 3:30-5:30 in the Capitol Plaza Ballroom, step into a Winter Wonderland and meet the characters from the Nutcracker, while enjoying a dessert buffet and special tea or hot chocolate.  Souvenir photos and memory books will be available to have your favorite cast members sign autographs. Tickets to this event are $30- please check website for availability, as they may sell out.

The Nutcracker Ballet begins on December 7 and runs through December 23.  Show times vary and tickets are $19-$90. Check their website or call for ticket information and performance times.

 

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Weekend Family Fun

ZooBDay_110/5 – Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary Celebrates 50 years – Outreach animals to meet and greet, fascinating displays with cool animal artifacts, yummy root BEAR floats, party games, birthday card crafting station, face painting, sing and dance-along entertainment with Music Mike, a special birthday treat for you, bring a birthday gift for the animals, and wear your best party hat!

_dsc7764_category10/5 – Meet Cinderella – The Sacramento Ballet will partner with Fairytale Town to celebrate one of the world’s most beloved fairytales– Cinderella. Have fun making arts and crafts, and listen to a Cinderella Story book reading by Cinderella herself. Also, take advantage of this opportunity to take photos with the cast of Cinderella.

aloha_fest_girls_category10/5 – Sacramento Aloha Festival – Bring the entire family down to celebrate a day of cultural fun with the annual Aloha Festival. This event will feature educational exhibits, workshops, speakers and presentations, health and community awareness exhibits, cultural village, Keiki Korner with arts & crafts and educational information, merchandise and food vendors, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander entertainment, art exhibit, and more.

10/5 – Things that Slither at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Some have scaly skin, some have slimy skin, some have legs, and some don’t. Can you guess what they are? Join if you dare to find out!

headimg_category10/5 – 10/6 – Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival – CSD organizers are planning to whisk guests away to the mystical land of Oz for the 19th Annual Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival. Staff and participating businesses have begun planning for a weekend filled with pumpkins and scarecrows and fun…oh my!  Weighing in at nearly one ton, some of the state’s biggest pumpkins grace the festival scales. There will be a race between pumpkin boats across Strauss Lake. The paddles will be poised for the 7th annual showdown. Magical activities abound at the Festival, for kids can explore two children’s areas with carnival games, a pumpkin patch, inflatable attractions, hay maze and more. Fashion an entry honoring your favorite OZ inhabitants in the festival’s scarecrow contest and you could earn more than just sparkly slippers. Festival sponsors, vendors and volunteers help make the festival a magical experience every year.

snowbirds_eblast_image_category10/5 – 10/6 – 8th Annual California Capital Airshow – The 8th Annual California Capital Airshow will be roaring across the skies of our region again this year. The event will offer spine-tingling performances
including an international jet team, military demonstrations, world-class aerobatics, wingsuit flyers, barnstorming, wing walking, and endless entertainment and displays along the ramp. Nearly all never before seen in the Sacramento region. Arrive early to explore aircraft displays, interactive exhibits, and the Kids Zone.

owls_category10/5 – 10/6 – Owl Prowl – Whooo’s ready for a fun weekend kicking off the Halloween season? Meet the Museum’s two owls, Tucker (the Great Horned Owl) and Milo (the Western Screech Owl). Check out some other species by seeing the preserved owls in our Nature Discovery Room. Visitors ages 12 and under make a paper Screech Owl nest to take home as a souvenir

princesspromenade1_category10/6 – Princess Promenade Bike Festival – Finally: a fun ride to enjoy with your mom, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, or that reluctant friend who won’t realize this is exercise! Returning to cycling?
Ride with no cars along the beautiful, scenic American River. Veteran cyclists, challenge yourself to the Princess Metric Century and optional Time Trial 3-mile climb to Beal’s Point as part of the course.

10/6 – Nature Fest 2013 at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Spend a day celebrating Nature. See Birds of Prey and enjoy guided nature hikes, demonstrations, kids activities and live animal shows from wild things. Proceeds benefit the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and its education programs.

Weekend Family Fun

It’s the weekend before Christmas and this is what you’ll find:  Santa’s workshop in Midtown, free admission to Fairytale Town on Christmas Eve, a PJ Party at the Sacramento Zoo, shopping at Denio’s, The Nutcracker, and more.  We wish you and your family a very happy holiday!

Through 12/23 – The Nutcracker – It’s Christmas Eve. A majestic tree sparkles and the Silberhaus’ are hosting their annual Christmas party, welcoming the arrival of their guests. Suddenly, Clara’s beloved Herr Drosselmeyer appears and entertains the guests with magical tricks and life-size dolls. Come and be swept away with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on an enchanted journey through the Kingdom of Sweets where you will meet the adorable sweeties, the hilarious Mother Ginger, the beautiful Sugar Plum
Fairy and her Cavalier, and all of the characters you have grown to love in this timeless tale. Pamela Hayes’ The Nutcracker has been recognized for its unique entertainment approach and wonderful costuming.

Christmas at DeniosThrough 12/23 – Christmas at Denio’s -Denio’s Farmers Market and Swap Meet in Roseville is inviting your entire family to join them this Christmas season to shop local for that unique gift for everyone on your Christmas list. Featuring the largest farmers market in Northern California, you’ll also find all the fresh fruits and veggies needed for your holiday table.

To celebrate the season Denio’s is inviting Santa to set up his workshop for the three weekends leading up to Christmas. Little ones can have their photos taken with Santa, visit Santa’s petting zoo complete with pony rides, and enjoy some delightful holiday treats.

With hundreds of vendors every weekend at Denio’s selling unique, hand-crafted and hard to find items, Denio’s is one of the best places to find gifts for friends and family of all ages and within all budgets.

Wild Nights and Holiday Lights at the Folsom ZooThrough 12/23 – Wild Nights and Magical Lights at the Folsom Zoo – This 3rd annual family holiday event celebrates the magic of the season and helps support the animals at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary.  Highlights include thousands of colorful LED lights throughout the Zoo exhibits, buildings, and grounds; a beautiful enchanted forest of decorated and lighted trees; visits with Santa and Zoo holiday mascot Santa Paws; carolers and seasonal refreshments; Animal presentations by Zoo docents; rides on miniature scale live steam Starlight Express Train (tickets $3/person.)

Santa's WorkshopThrough 12/22 – Santa’s Workshop – Skip the crowded malls this holiday season and bring your wish lists and your camera down to the MARRS Building in Midtown to visit Santa’s Workshop! Santa and his elves will be opening up their workshop every Saturday in December before Christmas. MARRS retailers invite all, big and small, to join them at this festive event located in the heart of Midtown at 20th & J Streets.  Families will have the opportunity to take their own photos or they can purchase an instant photo from the on-site photographer.

San Francisco Family Concert12/21 – San Francisco Family Concert at the Mondavi Center – Sight and sound combine for this charming holiday experience. The short animated film “The Snowman” tells the story of a young boy’s magical friendship with a snowman. The Oscar-nominated short, based on the book by Raymond Briggs, is shown above the symphony as it performs Howard Blake’s heart-warming score. The evening also features performances of kid friendly seasonal tunes and sing-alongs with the Orchestra!

Frog vs. Toad at the Nature Center12/22 – Family Activity: Frog vs. Toad at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Meet the Nature Center’s resident toad and frogs up close and discover how they are both amphibians, yet very different from each other. Discover the “two lives” of these animals and how their skin can breathe.

12/23 – Family Activity: Insects Home for the Holidays at the Nature Center – What’s bugging you this winter? Cool weather may cause insects to seek shelter inside our homes this holiday season. View Effie Yeaw’s preserved collections of insects to see some fascinating bugs up close and learn some earth friendly ways to keep bugs out of your home.

Free admission to the PJ party at the zoo!12/24 – Free Admission Day at Fairytale Town – Bring your family to Fairytale Town free of charge! Fairytale Town offers free
admission as a holiday gift to guests for visiting throughout the year.

12/24 – PJ Party at the Sacramento Zoo – Free admission to the Sacramento Zoo!  Celebrate Christmas Eve at the Zoo, and you don’t have to change out of your pajamas! That’s right, admission is free and the Zoo staff will be in their best PJs too. *Zoo closes early at 1:30pm.

Junie B. JonesThrough 12/26 – Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells – Just in time for the holiday season, Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Storybook Theatre invites your family to spend some time with everyone’s favorite first-grader, Junie B. Jones. Based on Barbara Park’s wildly popular children’s series, this stage adaptation follows the hilarious hijinks of Junie B. as she
draws the name of her arch nemesis, May, for her class’ Secret Santa gift exchange. This delightful holiday show is directed by Jenifer Price, and promises fun for all ages. The cast includes actors from Yolo, Solano, and Sacramento counties, featuring Junie B. Jones (Emily Jo Seminoff), May (Elisha Machado), Herb (Shane Osterhoudt), Sheldon (Tomas Eredia), Jose (Hugo Figueroa), Lucille (Danika Carlisle), Mr. Scary (Adam Sartain), Mr. Toot (James Cubbage), Elf Ellen (Jennifer Nachmanoff), Grampa (Bruce Seminoff), and Philip Johnny Bob (Fiona Cubbage).

Madeline's Christmas: The MusicalThrough 12/30 – Madeline’s Christmas: the Musical – “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.” So begins this delightful story of Madeline’s Christmas. The day begins like any other day. Miss Clavel takes the twelve little girls on their morning walk. They go to the zoo and then back to school for their French lesson. Suddenly disaster strikes when everyone gets the flu! Every one that is, except for the ever resilient Madeline. Saddened that they may not be able to go home for Christmas, the girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. But on Christmas Eve, the adventure begins…

A Holiday Favorite- The Nutcracker comes to Sacramento along with the popluar children’s High Tea!

imagesCA7AJRT1By 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.
Be transported into a magical world with live music performed by the Sacramento Philharmonic. The dancing, characters and spirit of the holiday season will be a perfect holiday treat for your entire family.

I’m especially excited to go to the Nutcracker this year- as I’m planning on taking my five year old little girl for the first time. She is “All Girl” and I can’t wait to see her expression when she watcher the Sugar Plum Fairy dance across the stage. Absolutely priceless and probably the best Christmas gift I will ever receive!

And on December 9th, if you have your own little “girlie girl”, you may want to sign up for the popular children’s High Tea event. Now I say for the “girlie girls”- but I’m sure little boys would have just as much fun as thier sisters!
3:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, join the characters from the Nutcracker for a proper High Tea with delectable tea treats.  Take souvenier pictures with the Sugar Plum Fairy and other favorite characters.  This is sure to be an event to remember!

Tickets to this event are $25- please check website for availability.

The Nutcracker Ballet begins on December 7th at 7pm. Show times run from December 7th-23rd. Check their website or call for ticket information and performance times.