Fun Facts About California Ballet’s Nutcracker

With The Nutcracker opening this weekend, all of us here at California Ballet are revved up and ready to go for another round of our favorite Holiday ballet! The sets are built, the costumes dry-cleaned, and dress rehearsals are underway! It’s every dancer’s favorite time as we head from the rehearsals studio to the theater.

Civic Class on Stage

Since we’re opening this weekend, and we hope that many of you will be joining us at the San Diego Civic Theatre, we thought it would be fun to share with you some fun facts about California Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker.


Fun Facts About The Nutcracker



Saturday, Dec. 17th, we are celebrating our 440th performance of The Nutcracker.



Our Company dancers go through 100 pairs of pointe shoes during Nutcracker rehearsals & performances.


It takes 3 women to  do the Clara quick change from dress to nightgown.


Over 700 lbs of dry ice is used during Act 1’s Snow Scene.



Chie Sugar Plum costume


There are 4500 Sequins on the Sugar Plum Tutu.




The Nutcracker

8 Bon Bons squeeze under Mother Ginger’s skirt. The skirt has a circumference over 25 feet.


 Joining us on Friday Night?

    See if you can spot the roaming Rudolph in every scene. This little guy has been appearing on closing nights since 1997!


tickets Are you worried about getting the perfect seats? Our ticketing staff always gives our patrons the very best seats, but are limited to availability.

So, we’re going to let you in on a little secret: our Thursday, December 22 matinee show is our emptiest performance at this point. So, if you want to be assured of getting the perfect seats, buy your tickets for the December 22 matinee at 2:30pm!



Happy Holidays from all of us at California  Ballet!


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