Several local girls will share the role of Masha in Marat Daukayev Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” It is among a variety of productions of the holiday classic throughout December.
Marat Daukayev Ballet
More than 120 dancers from the school on S. La Brea Ave. will don 500 costumes to perform on Saturdays, Dec. 6 and 13 at 2 and 7 p.m., Sun., Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.
Performances take place at the Luckman Theatre at Cal State Los Angeles, 5151 State University Dr. For tickets, go to www.maratdaukayev.org.
Los Angeles Ballet
The Los Angeles Ballet will perform on Sat., Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Ave. in Glendale.
Shows at The Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., are on Sat., Dec. 13 and Sun., Dec. 14 at 1 and 5 p.m.
In addition, there will be performances at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus on Sat., Dec. 20 and Sun., Dec. 21 at 1 and 5 p.m., and at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., on Sat., Dec. 27 at 1 and 5 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 28 at 2 p.m.
Debbie Allen’s ‘Nutcracker’
Not your grandma’s Nutcracker, Debbie Allen’s “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” is at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Fri., Dec. 12 at 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 13 at 1 and 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.
The story, narrated by three wisecracking mice, features lively characters and new music for all ages. Go to ticketmaster.com.
Red Chair Children’s Production Company
A cast of more than 100 children ages five to 18 along with adults will bring the storybook tale of a young’s girl’s magical Christmas Eve to life in performances at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Ave., Glendale. Performances are on Fri., Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 14 at 1 and 5 p.m. For tickets go to www.alextheatre.org.
“The Nutcracker Swings,” set during World War II in Hancock Park and the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, will sweep the audience away to another world while dancers swing to the sounds of Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington.
The performances take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. on the third floor of The Ebell on Fri., Dec. 19 and Sat., Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
Purchase tickets at BrownPaperTickets.com.
The most famous of holiday ballets has its roots in Russia, premiering there in 1892. The Great Russian Nutcracker will celebrate its 22nd anniversary with a performance by the Moscow Ballet at the Wiltern Theater, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., on Sun., Dec. 21 at 3 and 7 p.m. For tickets, go to nutcracker.com.