365 Things To Do In Palos Verdes – The Nutcracker Ballet

For some Palos Verdes homes owners, The Nutcracker Ballet is a family tradition.  This production, at most local dance studios,  is an anticipated annual event. 

Here is a little history.  The ballet was first composed in 1891 by Marius Petipa, a world renowned choreographer, who commissioned Peter Tchaikovsky to compose the music for the tale “The Nutcracker and the Moose King”.  It’s first performance in 1892 was a complete failure.  Since then the Nutcracker has been the most widely performed ballet in the world.  In 1954 world renowned choreographer, George Balanchine, created a new production of The Nutcracker putting new life back into the ballet.  To this day, the most popular production is based on Balanchine’s. 

Our very own Norris Theatre is presenting several different productions of The NutcrackerThe Palos Verdes Ballet is performing their production on December 18th at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., and on December 19th at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.  The tickets are $30 for adults, and $20 for children. The Artistic Director is Uta Graf-Apostal.  For more information on this ballet call (310)377-6663.

The Classical Ballet Theatre is presenting their production on December 12th at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. This show is under the Artistic Direction of Kotami Matsuda. For more info regarding this production go to www.classicalballetLA.com.  Tickets for this production can be purchased from the Norris Theatre by either phone (310) 544-0403, or online at www.norristheatre.org. The Norris Theatre is located at 27525 Crossfield Drive., Rancho Palos Verdes 90275. 

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Ballet

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