A Cherished Santa Barbara Holiday Tradition: Santa Barbara Festival Ballet, under Artistic Director Aimee Lopez, presents the 42d Annual Nutcracker at the Arlington, with live, full symphony orchestra (Elise Unruh, conductor). 

The 2016 production features Misa Kuranaga, principal dancer with Boston Ballet (Sugar Plum Fairy); Chase Finlay, principal dancer with New York City Ballet (Cavalier); Mary LaCroix-Lorh (Snow Queen) and Barrington Lorh (Snow Cavalier), previously with Nevada Ballet Theatre and Las Vegas Contemporary Ballet; and Tracy Kofford, Artistic Director of Dance at SBCC (Arabian). In addition to our professional guest artists, the cast of 100+ includes the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet Performing Company, SBFB conservatory students, and dancers from the UCSB Department of Dance and the Santa Barbara community.  

Recognized as one of the rare and longest running productions in the United States performed with a live orchestra, The Nutcracker at The Arlington will delight audience members of all ages. Take a magical journey with Clara (Tamar Cohen, Dos Pueblos High School junior) and her Nutcracker Prince (Christopher Carmona, San Marcos HS freshman). Experience the wonder of this classic tale by E.T.A. Hoffman as Drosselmeyer’s Clockwork Dolls dance to life, a giant Christmas Tree grows before your eyes, the Rat King and Toy Soldiers battle through cannon explosions on stage, and surprises galore unfold in the Kingdom of Sweets! 

This year, we are proud to be honoring the memory of Maestro Ronald Ondrejka, who was instrumental in bringing our first Nutcracker productions to the Arlington stage over 40 years ago.

Three performances:

  • Saturday, December 10, at 2:30pm and 7pm

  • Sunday December 11, at 2:30pm.

  • Tickets: $25 - $50 at the Arlington Box Office.

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