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The Nutcracker

A Santa Cruz tradition ~ this is our 16th annual production at the Civic WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA!   The Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra is conducted by Music Director Pamela Martin.  The choreography by Robert Kelley faithfully brings the E.T.A. Hoffman story to life, supported by sumptuous costumes and 51 professional musicians.  Guest starring alumna Melody Mennite and fellow principal dancer with Houston Ballet, Ian Casady in all performances as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.  Over seventy local dancers share the stage with these illustrious professionals.   

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

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church Street, Santa Cruz

Box Office hours
Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am-6:00 pm
(831) 420-5260   {press 5}

Tickets are also available online at

Special Sweet Treats pre-performance event tickets can be purchased at the same time as performance tickets.  Come meet your favorite Nutcracker characters and enjoy a delicious cookie and holiday ornament to commemorate the occasion!


Thank you to the Dream Inn and Aquarius Restaurant for sponsoring our Music Director and Guest Artists!







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