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NUTCRACKER

NUTCRACKER

San Francisco Ballet presents a Nutcracker spectacle.

Step into the reverie of little Clara in this unforgettable holiday tale and enter a magical wonderland of toy soldiers, a blizzard of snowflakes, and a kaleidoscope of more than 150 dancers. Battle the King of Mice and of course, dance through the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Helgi Tomasson’s dazzling San Francisco-inspired production is accompanied by a brilliant live orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

Share unforgettable moments and everlasting memories with loved ones during this very special holiday time and tradition.

*Nutcracker is most magical for children 5 and older. No children under age 3. In order to maintain an enjoyable experience for all patrons, children should be able to stay in their own seat, stay quiet during the performance, and wear a mask at all times. Lap-sitting and standing are not allowed.

COVID SAFETY

Updated 11/22: Per San Francisco city guidelines, San Francisco Ballet will require all patrons aged 12 and older to show proof of full vaccination* to attend performances or events at the War Memorial Opera House or at 455 Franklin Street. Patrons will also be required to show a photo ID alongside proof of vaccination to enter. Patrons can show either paper or electronic documentation (including a photo of the card).

Per the health order from San Francisco Department of Public Health, children under 12 years of age must provide a negative COVID-19 test result (either PCR or antigen test) taken within 48 hours of the start time of the event or performance they are attending at the War Memorial Opera House or 455 Franklin Street. Fully vaccinated children under 12 may present proof of full vaccination* status in lieu of a negative test result.

*Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a person is considered fully vaccinated greater than or equal to two weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series or single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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San Francisco Ballet is carefully monitoring the evolving pandemic and continues to follow the health guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of California, and the City and County of San Francisco. We cannot wait to get back on the Opera House stage to perform Nutcracker and as an organization, we are planning accordingly to ensure the safety of audiences, artists, and staff.

December 10–30, 2021

COMPOSER

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

CHOREOGRAPHER

Helgi Tomasson

Runtime: 2 hours with one intermission

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NUTCRACKER GROUPS

Create an unforgettable Nutcracker experience—bring a group to see this lavish production and save 20% on selected performances. It's the perfect outing for ages 5 and up.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

DEC 11 & 18: Nutcracker Family Dance Workshop

Join us on Zoom for a Nutcracker Family Dance Workshop specifically designed for children ages 3–7 and their families.

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DEC 18: Nutcracker Chair Dance

SF Ballet partners with SF Public Libraries to offer a FREE SF Ballet Nutcracker History Lecture by Dance Educator Claire Sheridan followed by a Nutcracker-Inspired Chair Dance Class on Zoom led by SF Ballet School Faculty Member Cecelia Beam on Saturday, December 18 at 11:00 am. The dance class is done entirely in a chair and is suitable for all abilities and ages.

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Know Your Nutcracker

Explore the world of San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker with our digital library of stories, stats, and facts about America's first full-length production.

THE STORY OF NUTCRACKER

One unforgettable, magical Christmas Eve journey

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HELGI TOMASSON’S 2004 NUTCRACKER

The largest production SF Ballet has ever undertaken

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YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO NUTCRACKER

The quintessential holiday classic, SF Ballet style

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NUTCRACKER NOTES

8 Stats about the Nutcracker Orchestra

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SIX STEPS TO A DREAMY NUTCRACKER WITH KIDS (WITH INSIDER TIPS!)

No Meltdowns Here! Make Your Nutcracker Memories a Dream.

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Scenic Design: Michael Yeargan
Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Projection Design: Wendall K. Harrington

The 2004 premiere of Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker was made possible by Lead Sponsors The Herbert Family and The Swanson Foundation, and Sponsors Yurie and Carl Pascarella, Kathleen Scutchfield, and The Smelick Family.