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Long Beach Ballet celebrates 39 years of magic with ‘The Nutcracker’

By Kristopher Gee Long Beach PUBLISHED 6:58 AM PT Dec. 16, 2021

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet has become a real workhorse of the holiday entertainment season. Since it was first performed in 1892, “The Nutcracker” has become one of the most performed ballets in the world.

Artistic Director and Founder of the Long Beach Ballet, David Wilcox, says his production, which is celebrating its 39th year, is all about keeping the illusion of magic alive, no matter what. 

What You Need To Know

Founded in 1978 by David Wilcox, the Long Beach Ballet is celebrating its 39th year of “The Nutcracker”
Initially poorly received, Tchaivosky’s “Nutcracker” was first performed in 1892 and has become one of the most performed ballets in the world
The Long Beach Ballet’s “Nutcracker” was named “the nation’s Best-loved Nutcracker” by Goldstar audiences in 2018 and 2019
In 1944, “The Nutcracker” got its U.S. premiere in San Francisco

Published by Long Beach Ballet

Classical Ballet Academy & Performing Company

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