11-03-2009 03:00 PM CET - Arts & Culture

South Bay Ballet's Nutcracker -- An Exemplary Holiday Production

Press release from: South Bay Ballet
South Bay Ballet's Nutcracker                Photo: Vince Herrera
South Bay Ballet's Nutcracker Photo: Vince Herrera

TORRANCE, CA (November 2, 2009) – There are many things that turn a city into a place of distinction. In the Arts, one of the primary points of pride is an exemplary holiday Nutcracker production. That’s exactly what South Bay Ballet delivers annually at the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College Center for the Arts! This year’s production sparkles with dazzling distinction as it marks the opening of South Bay Ballet’s 30th Anniversary Season!

South Bay Ballet’s Nutcracker takes this local company to the grandest place as it rivals the finest American performances of this holiday spectacular. Blessed with Diane Lauridsen’s artistic direction, this massive physical production boasts stunning sets by Jenny Tomich, vibrant costumes, dramatic lighting, and impressive special effects, along with the brilliant score of Peter Tchaikovsky – making it a big city affair.

“There is hardly a better introduction to the Arts for youngsters than South Bay Ballet’s Nutcracker. You can see them in the audience, rapt and grinning, sitting next to their parents, and all dressed-up in their holiday outfits,” shares Catherine Jacobson, president of South Bay Ballet. “But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything for the grown-ups! The grand score and stunning dancing make this Nutcracker production a winning holiday triumph for all.”

Company members with a knowing professional sheen dance to a story that is familiar to most with uplifting surprises and exciting new twists exclusive to South Bay Ballet’s Nutcracker. Featured in the production are Tess Lane, Washington Ballet 2009 Full Scholarship recipient, as Clara; Keiji Ino, Petit Oasis Foundation Scholarship Recipient, as The Nutcracker Prince; Evyn Nicole Davis, RDA Craft of Choreography 2009 Full Scholarship recipient, as the Sugar Plum Fairy; and Elizabeth Simoens, 2009 Daily Breeze Making a Difference Award recipient, as the Snow Queen.

Making a guest appearance as Grandmother Clara this year is Betty Chim-Lieu, noted attorney and wife of California State Assemblymember Ted Lieu.

December 19 & 20, 2009 – 2:00 p.m.
Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College
Center for the Arts
16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance

Adults $28 • Children 12 and under $18 • Group rates available
1-800-832-ARTS (2787)

South Bay Ballet, a non-profit organization, provides quality artistic performances to the community as well as outstanding training to young and pre-professional dancers. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Diane Lauridsen, and Assistant Artistic Director Candice Davis, the Company’s mission is to provide a nurturing environment for serious dance students to develop their skills while offering artistic excellence to the community. The Company is dedicated to providing performance opportunities that build character and confidence. The ultimate goal is to carry young dancers into their professional lives.

South Bay Ballet continues to present Southern California audiences with a professional level artistic experience. Each year South Bay Ballet offers an eclectic range of ballets, from classical to contemporary. In addition to The Nutcracker, the 2009-2010 Anniversary Season includes both “Bravo! A Classical & Contemporary Ballet Experience” and “Storybook Ballet” featuring the premiere of The Sleeping Beauty performed at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance.

For additional information or to become a friend of South Bay Ballet visit www.southbayballet.org.

South Bay Ballet
1261 Sartori Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501

Lisa Silagy, Publicity

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