Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre will present its 13th annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the Luckman Theatre at Cal State L.A. Sat., Dec. 7 through Sun., Dec. 15.
Nearly 130 dancers, ages three to 21, will perform alongside former Russian ballet star Marat Daukayev, dancing the role of Drosselmeyer in the holiday classic.
Three local girls are among performers sharing the role of Masha in the seven-performance engagement. Judith No is an 11-year old student at the Lycee Francais de Los Angeles; Joely Maples is a 7th grader at Marlborough and Stella Zuniga, a 7th grader at Larchmont Charter School. Emma Daukayev, 11, who attends Immaculate Heart, will dance in her ninth Nutcracker and for the first time in a leading role onstage with her father, Marat. Her twin brother, Nicholas, who attends Larchmont Charter Middle School, will also perform in the role of Fritz.
Mikhael Kinley-Safronoff, 15, of Hancock Park, and Adam Bernstein, Park LaBrea, are among boys dancing the leading male role of the Prince.
Performances, at The Luckman Theatre at 5151 State University Drive, are on Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14 at 2 and 7 p.m., Sun., Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $34-$40 and can be purchased online at www.maratdaukayev.org.