The Nutcracker

December 14 – 15, 2019

The Palos Verdes Ballet presents The Nutcracker for one weekend only on Saturday, December 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Norris Theater.

The magic is back! This enchanting ballet classic is directed by Uta Graf-Apotol

Palos Verdes Ballet’s talented pre-professional dancers will be dancing on stage with guest artist Priit Kripson from Royal Ballet of Flanders. He will portray the double role of Dr. Drosselmeier and author E.T.A. Hoffmann who, inspired by his niece and nephew Marie and Fritz, begins to write a Christmas story. Casting himself as the mysterious Herr Drosselmeier, Hoffmann writes passionately; the story unfolds, and the characters spring to life!

Palos Verdes Ballet students from various South Bay area schools will be sharing the roles of the main character of Marie throughout the performance. Marie enters a moonlit living room in desperate search of her Nutcracker. The Mouse King fights the Nutcracker for control of the manor, but with the help of Drosselmeier’s magic the Nutcracker defeats the Mouse King. Marie dances her way into the arms of her beloved Nutcracker Prince. As the Drosselmeier transforms young Marie into “the Sugar Plum Fairy”, every young ballerina’s dream role, she dances with the Nutcracker Prince to celebrate their love.

Stephan Azulay, Soloist Artist from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, will portray the role of the Nutcracker Prince, who will sweep Marie away to the Land of Sweets where they dance one of the most renowned Grand Pas de deux.

“The Nutcracker is an extremely important tradition to my students,” said Director Uta Graf-Apostol. “They look forward to sharing the magic and joy of this beloved Christmas story to all.”

Tickets are $39 for adults and $28 for children.

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The Norris Theater is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.