The Nutcracker

“The Nutcracker” will be presented by the Inland Pacific Ballet on Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19.

The critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet will present “The Nutcracker,” a treasured holiday tradition, in six performances on Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside.

“ ‘The Nutcracker’ comes to life in this magnificent ballet with beautiful sets, dazzling costumes and Tchaikovsky’s classic score,” said a press release.

This ballet 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-size 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.

“The entire IPB team and the cast are so excited to return to the theater,” said Zaylin Cano, Inland Pacific Ballet executive director. “The energy exchange between the audience and the performers is really what creates the magic.

“We hope our audiences will come out to see The Nutcracker this year to support keeping live performances possible in the Inland Empire region.”

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID will be required of all patrons. Masks are required. All current CDC and local guidelines regarding seating and masks will be followed at each performance.

Inland Pacific Ballet’s educational outreach program, “A Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet,” is back this season with two abbreviated performances of “The Nutcracker” for PreK-12th grade students from local area schools, which include a talk and demonstration showing the magic of live theater and how dancers tell a story without words at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, and 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16.

Students are encouraged to participate in movement activities in their seats and then view the lavish professional ballet performance, followed by a lively question and answer session.

Teachers also have access to a free Study Guide to expand the experience in the classroom with pre- and post-performance activities aligned with the California State Content Standards for Dance, California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and the California English Language Development Standards. For many of these students, this will be the first time they get to experience a live performance, being in a theater, and learning about ballet.

‘The Nutcracker’

n When: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12; 2 p.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19.

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

More Information

• Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com/inland-pacific-ballet-tickets/artist/887616

• More information: http://www.ipballet.org/; 909-482-1590; Box Office 951-779-9800

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