The holiday production of The Nutcracker is beloved by all ballet enthusiasts, especially young inspiring ballerina and ballerinos around the world. The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet originally choreographed in 1892 by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto was adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. The Inland Pacific Ballet’s annual production of this holiday favorite is no exception and it will be returning to the Inland Empire Fox Performing Arts Center December 10 – 19, 2021.

The Nutcracker comes to life in this magnificent ballet with beautiful sets, dazzling costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s classic score. This annual holiday production tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Toy soldiers, life-sized dancing dolls, falling snow and a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, gingerbread characters, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy, all stir the imagination. This is family entertainment at its best.” – Inland Pacific Ballet press release.

Inland Pacific Ballet's "The Nutcracker" - Children at the Stahlbaum family's annual holiday party excited to get gifts - Photo Copyright E.Y. Yanagi

Inland Pacific Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” – Children at the Stahlbaum family’s annual holiday party excited to get gifts – Photo Copyright E.Y. Yanagi

Founded in 1994, the critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet (IPB) is led by Artistic Director/Choreographer Victoria Koenig and Co-Director/Choreographer Kevin Myers. The company’s repertoire includes ballet classics A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Sylphides, Graduation Ball, Swan Lake Act II, Giselle, Coppelia and The Nutcracker. IPB also performs contemporary classics by the legendary George Balanchine, along with a growing list of original works. The company is based in the Inland Empire in the city of Montclair, CA. and has toured throughout Southern California and has toured nationally since 2009.

Inland Pacific Ballet's "The Nutcracker" - Photo Copyright E.Y. Yanagi

Inland Pacific Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” – Photo Copyright E.Y. Yanagi

In 1991 the company established the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy which continues to provide professional quality dance training and performance opportunities for its students. The Academy’s Junior Broadway Program recently presented its production of Seussical JR featuring Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and many other favorite Dr. Seuss characters.

Inland Pacific Ballet's "The Nutcracker" - Snow Scene - Photo Copyright E.Y. Yanagi

Inland Pacific Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” – Snow Scene – Photo Copyright E.Y. Yanagi

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WHO:  Inland Pacific Ballet, southern California’s premier professional ballet company

WHATThe Nutcracker – Enjoy a treasured holiday tradition with family and friends at southern California’s most spectacular production of The Nutcracker from critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet.

WHEREFox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

Performance Schedule

Saturday, December 11; 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 12; 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 18; 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 19, 2:00 p.m.

TICKETS can be purchased HERE.

Tickets:  $20 – $79 with senior/student/child/group discounts available. Save 30% on select seats using the Passcode SAVE30

More information, click HERE.  or call the Box Office at 951-779-9800

Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test and mask-wearing will be required of all patrons. All current CDC and local guidelines regarding seating and masks will be followed at each performance. Please check with the venue for current guidelines.

To learn more about the Inland Pacific Ballet, please visit their website.

You can also follow them on Facebook and on Instagram.

Written by Jeff Slayton for LA Dance Chronicle.

Featured image: Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Nutcracker – Clara (Greta Zimmermann), her godfather Herr Drosselmeyer (Jonathan Sharp) – Photo Copyright E.Y. Yanagi