One of one of few Nutcracker ballets danced to live music, The Santa Monica College Symphony Orchestra masterfully weaves Tchaikovsky’s majestic score with the artistry of Westside's breathtakingly costumed dancers. Performances always sell out, so we encourage you to buy early!
Join Clara’s magical voyage with swirling snowflakes; the shimmering Snow Queen; angels gliding on clouds; waltzing flowers; small Polichinelles popping out from underneath Mother Ginger’s giant skirt; and exotic national dances (Spanish chocolate, Arabian coffee, Peppermints, Chinese tea, marzipan Mirlitons). From the Victorian-style party scene to the dazzling Sugar Plum Fairy, it’s the traditional full-length ballet in two acts. A close rendition of George Balanchine’s homage to the original Nutcracker danced in 19th-Century Russia, Westside’s founder Yvonne Mounsey–who created the Nutcracker role of Center Spanish during the peak of her career as principal dancer with New York City Ballet–brought his Holiday Classic to Southern California in 1973.