David Wilcox doesn’t do things by halves.
Wilcox, the longtime artistic director of the Long Beach Ballet, was unable to put on his “Nutcracker” last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the 39th edition of the holiday favorite is back – and Wilcox has promised it will be the most impressive production yet.
Which means something.
In 2018 and 2019, Goldstar audiences voted Long Beach Ballet’s âThe Nutcrackerâ as the country’s âmost belovedâ production.
More than 200 dancers, from the youngest beginners to international guest stars, will cross the stage of the Terrace Theater before the end of the ballet. A full symphony orchestra, including two harps, will perform Tchaikovsky’s score. The ballet will take the stage next month.
Add the breathtaking factor of a flying sleigh, a live horse on stage and indoor fireworks, and it becomes clear why Wilcox’s production has drawn over 400,000 people to the patio over the years. , according to a statement.
“I love to use the beauty of the classical art form of ballet, which took 500 years to develop to the level it is today, to form a seductive and exciting production,” Wilcox said in the statement. . âThere is pyrotechnics, there is magic; it has everything I can think of to make it exciting. This production is not just for people who love ballet. You can hate ballet and you will always love this production.
Wilcox brought in experts to design the production: Former Disney designers Elliot Hessayon ââand Scott Schaffer created the sets, Australian artist Adrian Clark designed the costumes, and magician Franz Harary set up the effects specials. The featured dancers have yet to be announced.
The opening night is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 17. There will be a matinee at 2 p.m. and a show at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, and shows at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 19.
Ticket prices range from $ 34 to $ 78, depending on performance and seating. There’s also a VIP package for $ 115 that includes orchestra seating, a color program, and a behind-the-scenes pass including a meet and greet with dancers.
Tickets are available at the main box office of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center and online at the Long Beach Ballet website, LongBeachCasse-Noisette.com. Information: 562-426-4112.