PDT continues their beloved annual tradition of “The Nutcracker” for generations of families living in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. In 2016, the holiday favorite is imbued with special meaning for the non-profit ballet company and Conservatory, being the 20th year (out of a total of 37) that the full-length production will be staged under the direction of Cynthia Young, PDT’s longtime artistic director.
More than 60 dancers — both professionals and students — will grace the stage in December at the historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse for six regular performances and two specially priced performances just for school children. A unique aspect of PDT’s “The Nutcracker”, the full-length school performances are open to school, church and other organized children’s groups, often in underserved communities, and reach more than 5,000 young people every year.
Appearing in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier are principal dancers Jessamyn Vedro and Grigori Arakelyan, and Elen Harutyunyan and Preston Swovelin. The coveted role of Clara is shared by Pasadena Dance Theatre students Carrie Cuenca of Monrovia and Carisa Joyner of Glendale, both of whom will turn 14 by the end of the year.
“It is such a thrill knowing that more than a few audience members have been coming to our production for years while many of the schoolchildren and other patrons are discovering this classic ballet for the first time,” Young said.
Tickets range from $20-$65. For further information and to buy tickets call (626) 683-3459 or visit www.pasadenadance.org