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Nutcrackers Of Note


It’s Nutcracker season once more, and not a bit too soon. The enchanting fantasies of Clara come to life on several different stages in town, leading to the inevitable question: Which one to see? Consider more than one because each will have its own signature style and presentation, and you can’t go wrong with any of them.

City Ballet’s vision of The Nutcracker comes to life at the Spreckels Theatre December 9-21. This company is artistically solid and is sure to bring sparkle to the much-loved perennial favorite. (858/272-8663, www.cityballet.org)

San Diego Ballet presents its version at the Birch North Park Theatre on December 3 and 4. It moves to Mandeville Auditorium for its December 17 and 18 shows. Now in its 20th year, it features a cast of more than 100 beautifully costumed dancers. Directors Robin Sherertz-Morgan and Javier Velasco are hugely talented. (619/294-7311, www.sandiegoballet.org)

Meanwhile, California Ballet collaborates with San Diego Symphony for its splendid production. This company has a long history in S.D. and has produced The Nutcracker for decades — this year once again at the Civic Theatre. (858/560-5676, www.californiaballet.org)

Finally, the great Moscow Ballet brings its Nutcracker to Copley Symphony Hall December 19, featuring award-winning dancers as well as a corps of 30 Russian performers who are mostly new to the U.S. There are 200 lavish costumes and larger-than-life Russian puppets. Add nine hand-painted backdrops that are augmented with 3-D effects. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker promises visual lavishness combined with dancing excellence. (800/745-3000, www.nutcracker.com)   DARLENE G. DAVIES


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