Recommended Dance: THE NUTCRACKER (Inland Pacific Ballet, December 2-23, 2023)

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by Nia Liat on October 24, 2023

in Dance,Theater-Los Angeles,Theater-Regional

Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Nutcracker comes to life this season with beautiful sets, dazzling costumes, Tchaikovsky’s classic score, and more than 80 dancers on stage. This annual holiday favorite 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, a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, gingerbread characters, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy stir the imagination.

IPB Kelsey Dorr (Snow Queen), Reece Taylor (Nutcracker Soldier)
Keira Elizabeth (Clara) (E.Y. Yanagi)

In addition to IPB’s Company of professional dancers, the diverse cast includes a total of 77 youth between the ages of 6-18 who make up multiple casts at the three venues. Participating youth come primarily from the IPB Academy, and reside in local communities such as San Dimas, Chino, Glendora, Claremont, Montclair, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Chino Hills, Corona, Redlands, Lake Forest, and Banning, among others.

Mira Nadon (Erin Baiano)

This year’s performances will also feature several professional guest artists. Performing in The Nutcracker with IPB at the Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College in Claremont performances are New York City Ballet Principal dancers Mira Nadon, former IPB Academy student, and Peter Walker. Performing in The Nutcracker with IPB at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside performances are Oakland Ballet dancers Lawrence Chen, former IPB Company member, and Jazmine Quezada.

IPB The Nutcracker (E.Y. Yanagi)

Lewis Family Playhouse
12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
Saturday, December 2: 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 3: 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 9: 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10: 2 p.m.

Bridges Auditorium
450 N College Way, Claremont, CA 91711
Saturday, December 16: 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 17: 2 p.m.

Fox Performing Arts Center
3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Friday, December 22: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 23: 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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