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West Coast Ballet: The Nutcracker

Holiday classic "The Nutcracker" comes to Escondido! Seasonal family favorite to take the Concert Hall stage Saturday, December 7th, the same day as the Center's annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland.

Canons will roar and snow will fall at this beloved yuletide ballet. The community is invited to experience the magic of the San Diego Nutcracker! This production of "The Nutcracker" is presented by the Center and West Coast Ballet Theatre, in association with San Elijo Dance & Music Academy and 4S Dance Academy.

Two showtimes are offered: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The show is sure to delight young and old alike, transporting audiences into a land of dancing nutcrackers and sugarplum fairies, all while instilling a love of the arts and the boundless merriment that comes along with the holiday season.

Destined to become a cherished family tradition, the West Coast Ballet Theater's enchanting production of "The Nutcracker" captures the magic, wonder and innocence of Tchaikovsky's classic children's tale.

The show will feature guest stars Allyson Barkdull (California Ballet Company), a So Call native and San Elijo Dance Academy alum, and Hungarian dancer and teacher Zsolt Banki. "The Nutcracker" is directed by Lauri-Michelle and Benjamin Houk, who founded San Elijo Dance & Music Academy in 2000.

The shows are perfect for young children because the ballet will be performing a Nutcracker Suite, which is shorter than the full-length version. The show is performed in two acts, about 45 minutes each, with a 15-minute intermission.

Tickets for "The Nutcracker" cost $19 to $29 for Center members and $22 to $32 for non-members. Groups of 10 or more can save 15 percent!
Tickets are available for purchase online at or by calling the Ticket Office at (800) 988-4253.

Location: California Center for the Arts: Escondido, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025 Google Map

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Promotional graphic for the performance of The Nutcracker...

Above: Promotional graphic for the performance of The Nutcracker by West Coast Ballet on December 7th, 2013.


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