CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile deviceThe Bay Area is stocked with full-length and kid-friendly, abbreviated performances of “The Nutcracker.” Here are some of dance fans’ many options, listed chronologically.
Moscow Ballet: The “Great Russian Nutcracker” is a lavish production featuring 40 principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet and local supporting dancers; performances are Nov. 1 in Hayward, Nov. 5 in San Francisco, Nov. 9 in Monterey, Dec. 19-20 in San Jose and Dec. 23 in Santa Rosa; $29-$181; www.nutcracker.com.
Pacific Ballet Academy: The Mountain View company presents the ballet one act at a time in one-hour performances suitable for ages 3 and up; Act II 11 a.m. Nov. 23, Act 1 11 a.m. Nov. 24; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; $15; 650-903-6000, mvcpa.com
Contra Costa Ballet: The company’s Nutcracker” is a one-hour production designed for families; seven performances Nov. 29-Dec. 1; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $40; 925-943-7469, contracostaballet.org.
San Jose Dance Theatre: Launched in 1966, the South Bay’s longest running “Nutcracker” production features top-shelf performers, sets and costumes as well as the 52-piece Cambrian Symphony; Dec. 6-15; San José Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose. $20-$95; www.sjnutcracker.com
Western Ballet: The Mountain View company presents a full-length “The Nutcracker” directed by Alexi Zubiria; Dec. 6-8; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; $28-$33; 650-903-6000, mvcpa.com.
Ballet America: This condensed 90-minute “Nutcracker” production features a cast of 100 local dancers alongside professionals; Dec. 6 and 8; Fox Theatre, Redwood City; $15-$50; www.foxrwc.com.
Mark Foehringer Dance ProjectSF: “Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets” is a 50-minute kid-friendly production; Dec. 7-22; Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco; $20.50-$42.50; 415-345-7575, mfdpsf.org/nutcracker-sweets
Black Diamond Ballet Theatre: The Company’s full-length production of “The Nutcracker” features Bay Area professional ballerinas and community performers; 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 p.m. Dec. 8; Creative Arts Building at Pittsburg High School; $15-$25; www.blackdiamondballet.org.
Dance-Along Nutcracker: San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band presents “Nutcrackers in Space,” the group’s latest twist on the ballet, with, of course, audience involvement encouraged. Dec. 8-9; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; $35-$50; www.sflgfb.org
San Francisco Ballet: The company celebrates the 75th anniversary of performing the first-ever full-length “Nutcracker” production in America (Christmas Eve, 1944). Check website for special anniversary events. Helgi Tomasson’s acclaimed adaptation of “The Nutcracker” is set in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights around the conclusion …
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