Los Angeles Ballet: The Nutcracker

The most polished and professional of this season's productions of the Nutcracker is also the first out of the gate as the Los Angeles Ballet offers its Nutcracker at the first of five venues throughout metropolitan L.A. The sell-out success of last spring’s Swan Lake at new venues in Northridge and Long Beach led those theaters to join the existing venues in West L.A., Glendale and Redondo Beach for a total of five LAB home theaters, an expansion that continues the commitment of LAB artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary to bring great ballet to greater Los Angeles. Choreographed by Christensen and Neary, this full length Nutcracker is set in 1912 Los Angeles and was the calling card when LAB made its debut seven years ago. Over the intervening years, the production has been polished to a bright patina and the dancing talent deepened as LAB continues to prove itself to be the top-drawer professional resident ballet company which has eluded this city. In full disclosure, your scribe continues to volunteer to observe the ballet from a chimney onstage. The Nutcracker also opens LAB’s[masked] season, which includes a festival of choreography by George Balanchine next spring and early summer. Very appropriate, since it was the televised production of Balanchine's Nutcracker in the 1950s that introduced America to the ballet and elevated the Nutcracker into a seasonal must-see. At the Alex Theater, 216 Brand Blvd., Glendale; Sat., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 2, 2p.m. $21-$95. Also at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach; Sat., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Also at UCLA Royce Hall, Wstwd.; Sat.-Sun., Dec. 15-16, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m., $21-$95. Also at Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; Sat., Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 23, 2 p.m., $21-$95. Also at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach; Sat., Dec. 29 1 p.m. & 5 p.m., Sun., Dec. 30, 2 p.m., $21-$95. (310)[masked] or www.losangelesballet.org . — By Ann Haskins

Website: http://www.losangelesballet.org

Price: $21-$95

 

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  • Suzy S.

    Alex -- Beth just scheduled something fantastic on the same evening. Since I didn't get my ticket yet -- would you mind if I changed it to Sunday? Please let me know if that will work for you. I am going to purchase my ticket tonight, if possible!!!

    November 29, 2012

    • Suzy S.

      Oh, Alex. Sorry you missed the balcony seats! Lets meet prior to the performance. If we don't get caught in the parking structure -- we can meet at the front of the theater. We can also go somewhere afterwards if more people sign up!!

      December 9, 2012

    • Suzy S.

      ALEX -- lets meet in front of the WILL CALL window -- or sometimes they have a table in the courtyard entry in front of Royce Hall.We can also meet AGAIN at intermission in the courtyard w/ or w/out snacks -- and afterwards -- since we will all be parked at UCLA and it will be crowded -- we can go for fancy lattes to the following:http://iltram.net/il­-...-- which is a little cafe walking distance at ANDERSON SCHOOL of MGMT on the UCLA campus.

      December 15, 2012

  • Beth R

    Oh!!! I so apologize. I didn't even realize that it was the same date or I wouldn't have done it. Thanks so much for changing to Sunday, Suzy and Alex!!!

    November 29, 2012

    • Suzy S.

      Beth -- what happened to the other performance at Redcat? Are you still going?

      December 9, 2012

  • Suzy S.

    Thanks for being willing to change to Sunday. Matinee seats are pretty steep and are disappearing quickly. Please let me know what your preferences are. (I may need to go with the budget section -- but we can all meet at intermission).

    November 29, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sunday Matinee is great! I will buy my ticket tonight too! - Budget is probably what I will get too

      November 29, 2012

    • Suzy S.

      Please hurry. They are only 2 left!

      November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    How much for tickets?

    November 29, 2012

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