San Pedro City Ballet presents its annual professional production of The Nutcracker December 9 and 10 at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.
This year marks the company’s 24th annual production of The Nutcracker,which is a family-friendly show that features dance, magic, elaborate sets, beautiful costumes, and over 100 local performers from ages 4 to adult.
The story follows young Clara on a dreamlike journey with a dancing Nutcracker, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, and a magical Christmas tree.
Performances take place at the Warner Grand Theatre (478 West 6th Street, San Pedro) on Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $19 for children under 12 and seniors over 62; $29 for adults; and $39 for premiere seating. Tickets and more information can be found at www.sanpedrocityballet.org.
As part of its community outreach program, SPCB will welcome 1,400 third-grade students from Wilmington and San Pedro to watch The Nutcracker for free. This is the third year in a row that SPCB has collaborated with the local school districts to introduce students to the art of ballet. Local District South Superintendent Christopher Downing is providing 11 buses to transport students to the free performance.
This production of The Nutcracker is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and by a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Grant support provided by the Port of Los Angeles.
San Pedro City Ballet was established in 1994 by nationally recognized dancers and teachers Cynthia and Patrick Bradley as a not-for-profit dance company serving greater Los Angeles. The company performs The Nutcracker annually at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, as well as produces original modern works for a variety of venues throughout Southern California. In addition, the company provides free access to dance education and performance opportunities to over 1,400 underserved elementary school students in the South Bay area. Dance instructors from SPCB spend time in schools, which have otherwise eliminated arts education, teaching students ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop dance.
Former student Misty Copeland recently made history by becoming the first African American female Principal dancer at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre in New York. She is considered ballet’s first breakthrough star in decades, and has been featured in a commercial for Under Armour that went viral; danced with Prince on tour; written a bestselling autobiography; is developing a new TV show; and was recently featured on the cover of Timemagazine. Copeland was discovered by Cynthia Bradley as a 13-year-old through one of San Pedro City Ballet’s outreach programs.
Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m.