Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents “Nutcracker At The Arlington", with Live, Full Symphony Orchestra (Elise Unruh, Conductor). A true Santa Barbara Holiday Tradition - Celebrating its 42nd Year! Experience this classic E.T.A. Hoffmann tale and Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as SBFB takes you on a magical journey full of wonder and surprise with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Witness Herr Drosselmeyer’s Clockwork Dolls dance to life, a giant Christmas Tree grow before your eyes, and Rat King and Toy Soldiers Battle through cannon explosions on stage with mischievous Giant Mice! Be transported to the Kingdom of Sweets where wonders galore captivate, with Dancing Snowflakes, enchanting Waltzing Flowers, and audience favorite Mother Ginger.
Under Artistic Director Aimee Lopez, the cast of over 100 features Professional Guest Artists Misa Kuranaga, Principal Dancer with Boston Ballet (Sugar Plum Fairy); Chase Finlay, Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet (Cavalier); Mary LaCroix-Lorh (Snow Queen) and Barrington Lorh (Snow Cavalier), previously with Nevada Ballet Theatre and Las Vegas Contemporary Ballet; and Tracy R. Kofford, Artistic Director of Dance SBCC, along with the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet Performing Company, SBFB conservatory students, and dancers from the UCSB Department of Dance and the Santa Barbara community.
Beautifully costumed and staged, this Nutcracker has delighted generations throughout our Central Coast for decades. Nutcracker At The Arlington is recognized as one of the rare and longest continuously running productions in the USA performed with a live orchestra! This is Santa Barbara’s Nutcracker! This year, we are proud to be honoring the memory of Maestro Ronald Ondrejka, who was instrumental in bringing our first Nutcracker productions to the Arlington stage over 40 years ago.
Three performances: Saturday, Dec. 10th at 2:30pm and 7pm, Sunday, Dec 11th at 2:30pm.
For Tickets ($25-$50) call the Arlington Theatre Box Office at (805) 963-4408 or visit www.ticketmaster.com . For Group Ticket Sales, contact Lori at (805) 331-2287.