- $12.50 for one ticket to see Ventura County Ballet Company Presents: The Nutcracker (up to $20 value)
- Where: The Oxnard Performing Arts Center
- Seating: the sides of the upper mezzanine
- Ticket values include all fees
Dates and Times
- Saturday, November 22, at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m.
- Saturday, November 22, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
- Saturday, November 23, at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m.
VCB’s 16th production of “The Nutcracker.” holiday extravaganza Ventura College’s 52-piece live symphony orchestra captivating storytelling, enchanting choreography, amazing imagery and stitched-to-perfection costumes Australian Aaron Smyth as “The Prince”, former lead dancer of Joffrey Ballet Chicago, 3rd-place finish on “Australia’s Got Talent.”
Based on a novel by 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure around one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire. It begins when young Clara receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, she suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a pitched battle between the toys and an army of mice. After saving the nutcracker with a well-thrown shoe to the Mouse King’s head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate.
Throughout their adventures, Tchaikovsky’s dazzling inventiveness propels the dances of nimble flowers and regal fairy queens. The “Waltz of the Snowflakes” floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, whereas the “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” tiptoes to the haunting, music-box chimes of a celesta. A medley of exotic national dances—including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak—add to the phantasmagoric celebration before the whole dream ends, as all dreams must.
Featuring Ventura College’s 52-piece live symphony orchestra, Ventura Ballet Company’s 16th production of the show captivates audiences with choreography, imagery, and costumes to complete an immersive theatre experience. Playing “The Prince” is former Joffrey Ballet Chicago lead dancer Aaron Smyth. A guest artist with several prominent international dance companies, Smyth placed third on the Australia’s Got Talent television series.
The Ventura County Ballet Company
What do dancers at the Monte Carlo Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet have in common? Besides the supernatural ability to walk on their toes, they got their start with The Ventura County Ballet Company. Ventura County Ballet is a nonprofit committed to creating art while developing young talent and sharing the results with the community through large-scale classic works like The Nutcracker in addition to original works and educational outreach.
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, CA 93030