Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker

November 2015 | EVENTS
Oakland Ballet Company, The East Bay’s premiere professional dance company, returns to the Paramount Theatre this December with three performances of Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker.

December 19 | 1pm
December 19 | 5pm
December 20 | 2pm

Introduced to Bay Area audiences in 2010 with the arrival of Graham Lustig as Artistic Director, this energetic and witty version of a world-wide classic tells the enchanting story of a young girl’s wintry dream through clever storytelling, thrilling choreography, and vivid costumes.

Truly a production of and for the community it serves, Oakland Ballet’s Nutcracker features more than 40 young student dancers ages 7-17, in the roles of adorable snowballs, mice, soldiers and candies, performing alongside the company’s dynamic dancers. Tchaikovsky’s score is performed live by the Oakland Symphony, under the direction of Michael Morgan. In addition, local choral group the Mt. Eden Women’s Ensemble, singing from the wings of the theater, adds its vocal talent to the magical Snow Scene.

Tickets for Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker are on sale now and can be purchased at or at the theater box office.

Several related events offer opportunities to support the company and interact with Oakland Ballet dancers in a festive holiday setting:

Land of the Sweets Tea Party
Saturday, December 12, 1-4:30pm
The Bellevue Club, Oakland
This “high tea” Nutcracker fundraiser features finger sandwiches, treats, teas and champagne, as well as Nutcracker performance excerpts, live music, and holiday carols.

Sweet Dreams Parties
Saturday, December 19, 3pm
Sunday, December 20, 4pm
This post-performance reception is great for children and families – meet the characters from the ballet and enjoy sweets and refreshments in the beautiful Paramount Theatre lobby.

Encore Reception
Saturday, December 19, 7pm performance
Celebrate the season at our evening reception including champagne, hors d’oeuvres and desserts in the company of Oakland Ballet dancers.

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