A Sweet Collection of Winter Holiday Events
Mark Foehringer, Nutcracker Sweets
COURTESY OF MARK FOEHRINGER
Here are some top picks for the Nutcracker this holiday season:
Berkeley Ballet Theater Presents: The Nutcracker
PERFORMED IN OAKLAND
For more than thirty years, BBT’s The Nutcracker has been a community favorite. Called “More touching than San Francisco Ballet’s performance” by New York Times dance critic Alastair MacCaulay, BBT’s version of the ballet’s storyline is an extension of the school’s commitment to bringing good things to those less fortunate. Tickets $35 Friday, December 16 – 7PM Saturday, December 17 – 11AM*, 3PM, 7PM Sunday , December 18 – 11AM*, 3PM *Performances include post-show Sugar Plum Fairy Parties where audience members are welcomed onstage to meet the dancers (separate admission required). Regents’ Theater at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. 510-843-4687, www.berkeleyballet.org.
Berkeley City Ballet Presents - The Nutcracker
PERFORMED IN FREMONT
Every year the Berkeley City Ballet stages an elaborate production of the Nutcracker. The BCB Nutcracker features a cast of over 40 dancers with elegant costumes and sets. Dancers from area professional companies augment the cast. Berkeley City Ballets Nutcracker has an outstanding reputation as one of the few traditional, full-length, productions of the holiday favorite in the East Bay. $25 for Adults, $20 Seniors/Students/Staff, $15 Children 12 and under. December 17-18, 1pm & 5pm. Smith Center Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd. Fremont 510-659-6031, www.berkeleycityballet.org.
Oakland Ballet Company Presents Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker”
Oakland Ballet Company’s spritely and colorful version of this holiday classic is a holiday tradition that is fun for then entire family. Brimming with holiday magic, this is the Nutcracker to see!. With live music by the Oakland Symphony and Mt. Eden High School Womens’ Ensemble. $23-90 for adults with discounts for Seniors, children, and groups. Showings Saturday December 17 at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm; December 18 at 2:00 pm. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. 510-893-3132, www.oaklandballet.org.
Dance-Along Nutcracker®: The Fantastic Adventures of Captain Nutcracker!
The 31st Dance-Along Nutcracker®: The Fantastic Adventures of Captain Nutcracker! Clara and her brother Fritz will take you on a wild adventure into the world of villains and superheroes. Named “Best Bets for Holiday Dance,” the Dance–Along Nutcracker® is a zany audience participation show perfect for the whole family. $18 for children, students & seniors. $30 for adults. Saturday, December 10 at 3pm and 7pm; Sunday, December 11th at 11am and 3pm. Yerba Buena Center For The Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., San Francisco. 415-978-2787, www.sflgfb.townalive.com.
San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
This is the classic, real-deal. Dress up and arrive an hour prior to curtain for photo ops with the cast. Show from Dec. 10-29. Ages 5 and up. Please check the website for times and tickets prices. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. 415-865-2000, www.sfballet.org.
Mark Foehringer’s “Nutcracker Sweets”
This 50-minute condensed version of the classic ballet is perfect for tiny and squirmy ballet lovers. The cast and crew will meet, greet and pose for pictures after the show, so bring a camera! Tickets from $31. Show from Dec. 10-29. Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center. www.nutcrackersweets.org.
Marin Ballet’s Nutcracker
This is a pretty epic performance with 175 super-talented dancers shipped in from all over the state and country. There’s a special Candy Cane party after the 1p.m. Saturday and Sunday shows. Dec. 10 and 11. Showtimes at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. $43 for adults, $27 for seniors and youth. All ages. Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue Of The Flags, San Rafael. 415-453-6705, www.marinballet.org.
Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker
The vibrant, lavish Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker provides a magical start to the holiday season! Now in its 28th year, this production features inspired dancing, beautifully crafted sets andExquisite costumes. Artistic Director Virginia Stapleton’s engaging production is designed to delight audiences young and old and features guest artists performing with over 250 dancers from the Stapleton School of Performing Arts. Complimentary meet and greet with costumed characters after 1:00 p.m. matinees. 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-454-5759 (Box Office: 415-473-6800). www.stapletonschool.org.
Other Holiday Events
If families are in the mood for something other than the Nutcracker, here are some other options for holiday performances around the Bay:
The 31st Annual Christmas Revels: A Revels Christmas In Wales
This year, the California Revels is “coming home” to Wales. Even though we’ve never been there before, there is much about Welsh culture and customs that feels familiar and comforting. Set in the 1920’s childhood village of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, our show will evoke the spirit of family gathered ‘round the hearth, and villagers singing in the glow of the blazing yule log. Featured performers this year include Robert Sicular, Kevin Carr, Susan Rode Morris, James Galileo and Margaret Davis. Tickets priced $20-$60 with discounts for patrons under 25. December 9-11 & 16-18 Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1pm & 5pm. Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Dr, Oakland. www.californiarevels.org
Enchanted Winter Faire
Enchanted Winter Faire presented by Berkeley Rose School. Join us for a magical afternoon of storytelling, crafts, children’s games, holiday shopping, and live music! Appropriate for children of all ages. Free. Dec.3 12pm - 4pm. Berkeley Rose School 2515 Hillegass Ave Berkeley. www.berkeleyrose.org
Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
Over 100 handpicked artists and craftspeople at studios, workshops and galleries in Berkeley, California will open their doors to the public during the 26th annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. Free. Saturdays and Sundays 11-6 p.m. Weekends, Nov. 26-27 & Dec.3-4, 10-11, 17-18 (plus weekdays, Dec. 19-24). Various locations in Berkeley 2547 Eighth Street #24a Berkeley. www.berkeleyartisans.com
We Are One - Oakland Youth Chorus’s 42nd Annual Holiday Concert
Join the award-winning singers of the Oakland Youth Chorus in a celebration of the songs, traditions, and diverse cultures that honor and create community. Sing with us as we raise our voices together to empower others and create harmony. December 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm. First Presbyterian Church of Oakland 2619 Broadway Oakland. www.oaklandyouthchorus.org
Craneway Crafts Fair benefit for KPFA Public Radio
Celebrate creativity and community at the Craneway Crafts Fair…a benefit for KPFA Public Radio on December 17th & 18th at the Craneway Pavilion. The Fair showcases affordable contemporary art and original crafts exhibited by 200 artists, and presents handmade Fair Trade goods from indigenous communities around the world. December 17, 2016. Admission is $12 (ages 18-64) Senior and Disabled $8, Youth are Free. Craneway Pavilion 1414 Harbour Way S Richmond. www.cranewaycraftsfair.com
Marin Dance Theatre’s “Sophie and The Enchanted Toyshop”
Marin Dance Theatre brightens the holiday season once again with its magical holiday performance, “Sophie & the Enchanted Toyshop.” Returning by popular demand for the 20th year, the beloved ballet has been seen by thousands of children and families who have made it a cherished holiday tradition. Over 100 children ages 4-pre-professional perform in the wonderful ballet. December 17th at 1pm and 5pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-499-8891 (Box Office: 415-473-6800). www.mdt.org