The Inland Pacific Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” returns this holiday season with in-person performances at the Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside.
Performances take place at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on December 11 and 18 and at 2 p.m. on December 12 and 19. Tickets are $ 20 to $ 79, available at ticketmaster.com/inland-pacific-ballet-tickets/artist/887616 and ipballet.org or by calling the Fox Performing Arts Center box office at 951-779-9800.
The Montclair-based Inland Pacific Ballet has presented “The Nutcracker” during the holiday season for over 25 years, although the 2020 version is a digital version rather than in-person performances.
“The entire IPB team and the cast are delighted to be returning to the theater. The exchange of energy between the audience and the performers is really what creates the magic, ”said Zaylin Cano, executive director of the Inland Pacific Ballet, in a press release. “We hope our audience will come to see ‘The Nutcracker’ this year to support sustaining the live performances possible in the Inland Empire region.”
The ballet, based on a story by ETA Hoffmann and set to music by Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky, tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and sets out on a journey to the land of snow and the candy kingdom. Miniature soldiers, life-size dancing dolls, fighting mice, dancing snowflakes, waltz flowers, gingerbread figures and the Sugar Plum fairy are all part of the ballet.
Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for everyone in the public, and face masks should be worn.
The Inland Pacific Ballet was founded in 1994 by Victoria Koenig and Kevin Myers, originally from Southern California. The company’s repertoire includes classics such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Les Sylphides” as well as a growing number of original works.
The Inland Pacific Ballet’s educational outreach program, “A Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet,” is back this season with two abridged performances of “The Nutcracker” for K-12 students in schools in the Middle East. area at 10 am on Dec. 10 and 16. Students are encouraged to participate in movement activities in their seat, then attend the professional ballet performance, followed by a question-and-answer session.
For more information on the Inland Pacific Ballet, its performances and its educational programs, visit ipballet.org