2017-2018 Season

"The Nutcracker"
the original Santa Cruz production, with Live Orchestra

A Santa Cruz tradition!  Our sixteenth production with full professional orchestra at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.  Over seventy local dancers perform choreography by Robert Kelley with sumptuous costumes and scenery.  Guest starring SCBT alumna Melody Mennite, who will be partnered by fellow Houston Ballet principal dancer Ian Casady.  The 52-piece Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra is conducted by our Music Director Pamela Martin.  Read the Times Publishing Group story on Melody, her thoughts on returning home and some insights on performing the starring role.

Friday December 15 at 8 pm
Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm
Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 and 4:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church Street, Santa Cruz


Santa Cruz Symphony Children's and Family Concerts

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre collaborates with the Santa Cruz Symphony in these fun, informative concerts which center around the orchestra, directed by Maestro Daniel Stewart.  

Children's Concerts Tuesday, February 20
2 morning performances for local schools
Kaiser Arena 
140 Front Street, Santa Cruz

Family Concert Sunday, February 25 at 2 pm
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church Street, Santa Cruz


Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre In Concert 

Our annual mixed-repertory concert features a wide range of dance idioms, from classical to contemporary styles.  This season features Tchaikovsky's beautiful "Swan Lake Act II," the romantic white act of the dramatic ballet.  The return of Robert Kelley's dynamic "Pivot" to an original score by Jerome Begin for electrified harp and percussion  showcases our dancers' talents in the contemporary realm.  The much-anticipated return of guest choreographer Debra Pearse Rogo's neoclassic "Gaelicia" to music by the Chieftains rounds out the program.  Junior and Petite Companies will also perform a new piece by award-winning choreographer Robert Kelley.  

Saturday, March 24 at 2 pm
Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm
Cabrillo Crocker Theater 
Soquel Drive, Aptos


Regional Dance America/Pacific Festival

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre participates in the annual Festival, this season to be held in Spokane, Washington.  Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre open the Emerging Choreographers Concert with Flora Chatwin's original piece "Good For Nothin' Charm," chosen for performance by Adjudicator James Sutton.  Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre will open the Friday evening performance with Robert Kelley's "Pivot."

April 10-13
Spokane Convention Center Performing Arts Theater
Spokane, Washington


Emerging Choreographers Showcase

A popular event which showcases tomorrow's choreographers.  In conjunction with The Studio School of Classical Ballet Student Demonstration.  The Petite and Junior Companies will also perform.

Saturday, June 9
4:00 pm
Colligan Theater
Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz







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