Annual Nutcracker Ballet
The Sebastopol Nutcracker
Every December since 1992, the Sebastopol Ballet School has staged "The Nutcracker Ballet." This production features local dance students and professional dancers from througout the Bay Area.
The Nutcracker was first performed in the U.S. by the San Francisco Ballet, and it has since become a holiday tradition.
The ballet takes place on Christmas Eve many years ago and tells the story of a girl named Clara. During a party with family and friends, she receives the gift of a Nutcracker from the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer. Later that night, the Nutcracker and other toys come alive and enter into a battle with the Mouse Queen and her minions. After vanquishing the mice, the Nutcracker transforms into a Prince and takes Clara on a magical adventure through the Land of Sweets.
The story is by E.T.A. Hoffman and the music is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The Nutcracker was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa.
Order Nutcracker DVDs
Order DVDs of the 2013 Nutcracker from the DVD Order page.
DVDs are $35 each and you have a choice of the Friday evening/Saturday matinee shows or the Saturday evening/Sunday matinee shows.
Previous Nutcrackers and Summer Recitals are also available.
View pictures from previous productions of Sebastopol Ballet School's "The Nutcracker"
Pictures from the 2011 "MicroNut" performance
(The Press Democrat)
Listen to an interview with Sebastopol Ballet teacher and dancer, Hannah Estrella, about the Sebastopol Nutcracker.
Read the Nutcracker Story — A fun, interactive presentation of the story of the Nutcracker from New York City Ballet.
The Nutcracker Story — This page from the Nutcracker Ballet website gives the storyline and some history of the ballet.
The Nutcracker — Article from Wikipedia with the storyline, information on Tchaikovsky, Hoffman and Petipa, and pictures.
Tchaikovsky — Article from Wikipedia on Tchaikovsky, which includes a biography and a list of his compositions.
Marious Petipa, choreographer — A biography about Petipa.