Saturday marked the return of "The Nutcracker" for its 30th Anniversary run in Long Beach, and there are only Sunday's matinee and next weekend's three performances remaining to see this classic holiday tradition.
David Wilcox, artistic director of the Long Beach Ballet, has said of the production, " I tend to be a 'traditionalist' and believe that Tchaikovsky's genius should be honored by presenting his work as he wrote it."
And traditional it IS, from the set and costumes to the two harps - as it was originally written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for its premier some 130 years ago in St. Petersburg.
The Long Beach Terrace Theater staging, though, is lavish, bright, and includes over 200 performers, magic, pyrotechnics and a live horse for Clara and our Prince's sleigh.
Expect many surprises and to have an evening of enchantment as Clara and The Nutcracker take you on a journey you will always remember!
Remaining shows and ticket infornation can be found at TheNutcracker.com