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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


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The Nutcraker
Contact : ej Taylor, Assistant Director, Community Services Department    650-463-4930
Visions of Sugar Plum Fairies and a Nutcracker Prince Featured in Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Holiday Production of the Nutcracker.

Palo Alto, CA- Celebrate the season at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre with an enchanting production of The Nutcracker featuring a talented cast of forty children ages eight to fourteen. 

Many children know and love the Nutcracker story. Every year ballet companies around the world, perform this Christmas classic, set to Tchaikovsky's thrilling score, about a girl who travels to a magical dream world of snow flakes and sugar plums to help a wooden nutcracker defeat a nasty army of mice and regain his throne.
But the ballet leaves unanswered questions. How did the Nutcracker and the King of Mice become mortal enemies? Why did the Nutcracker turn into a handsome prince? The stage adaptation of E.T.A Hoffman's 1816 original, answers those questions. Directed by Artistic Director Judge Luckey, the production comes to life through the magical set, costume and lighting design by Emily Green, Amanda Lin Carlson and Pamela Gray, respectively. The dance elements of the show were choreographed by Simon Gabor.

”I am pleased with this year’s production of the Nutcracker, a longtime favorite for many of us,” says Judge Luckey, Artistic Director for the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. “Everyone involved in the show has worked very hard to bring this whimsical story to life on our stage this season so that audiences of all ages can enjoy it.”

The family oriented production opens Friday December 11 at 7pm and closes with a special 2pm matinee performance on Sunday December 20. Give the young person in your life the gift of theatre this holiday season at one of these holiday performances:

• Friday December 11 at 7pm,
• Saturday December 12 at 2 & 7pm,
• Thursday December 17 at 4:30pm,
• Friday December 18 at 7pm,
• Saturday December 19 at 2 & 7pm,
• Sunday December 20 at 2pm.

Tickets are $5 for children and $10 adults. The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is located at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. For more information, visit

ABOUT Palo Alto Children’s Theatre - Founded in 1932, Palo Alto’s Children’s Theatre is one of the country’s oldest children’s theatres and is funded by the City of Palo Alto with support from the non-profit organization Friends of Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Housed in the Lucie Stern Community Center, the theatre facilities include a proscenium stage, a black box theatre, an amphitheatre, scene and costume shops, dressing rooms, archival library and rehearsal spaces. Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is a leader in presenting theatre for children by children. The Children’s Theatre is located at Lucie Stern Community Center.