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"The Nutcracker"
141 ratings
3.8 average rating
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9 reviews
2 stars
attended Dec 10 2006

The Nutcracker is a beautiful ballet, but only when performed by true professionals. This performance was roughly the equivalent of attending a high school musical in terms of quality. The dancers were off, one slipped and fell, and what makes...continued

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5 stars
attended Dec 08 2007

You may enjoy this version of the Nutcracker if you have children, but I highly recommend not going if your only in the company of adults. This is not a professional ballet company, in fact I'm pretty sure many of the people on stage were in...continued

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0 stars
attended Dec 08 2007

"Magic tricks" and aerialists were a nice touch, but they didn't make up for the poor lighting and missing production aspects (e.g., the tree hardly grew and Mother Ginger's children did not appear from beneath her skirt).

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Quotes & Highlights

“Best Bet” —Daily News
“Recommended!” —LA Weekly
“The ambitious troupe has much to be proud of.” —Los Angeles Times


Media City Ballet presents a lavish new production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, featuring award-winning dancers, dazzling magical illusions and special effects by guest artist Craig Dickens. Aerialists performing daring feats, and singers from the Taft High School Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Tom Pease, further embellish the fantasy. 

Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is about a young girl, Clara, who is given a Nutcracker for Christmas by her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. But this is no ordinary Nutcracker, as Clara learns that very night. After a great battle with the Mouse King, the Nutcracker turns into a Prince. He takes Clara on a magical journey through the Land of the Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy honors the couple with entertainment from around the world.

Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography and direction by Media City Ballet Artistic Director Natasha Middleton

Produced by award-winning television and theatre actress Elmarie Wendel

About the Ticket Supplier: Media City Ballet

Now in its fourth season under the guidance of Artistic Director Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov, The Media City Ballet Company (MCB) is dedicated to providing Burbank and the surrounding communities with quality live ballet productions, utilizing the inspired and creative talents of the local community, as well as professionals from around the world. MCB is the only ballet company in Los Angeles presenting performances in the tradition and philosophy of the legendary Ballet Russe de Serge Diaghilev. Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov’s grandmother, Elena Wortova, was a Soloist in the original Balle Russe, which included other legendary dancers like Anna Pavlova, George Balanchine, Alexandra Danilova and Vaslav Nijinsky. Middleton-Kettebekov’s father, Andrei Tremaine, was a principal dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and soloist with the Ballet Nacional de Mexico, the Colon Opera Ballet of Buenos Aires and the Paris Opera Ballet. Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov, a “Ballet Russe Baby,” was a Prima Ballerina for her father’s ballet company, Pacific Ballet Theatre, as well as a member of the Joffrey II Ballet Company in New York City, before taking on the responsibilities of Artistic Director for Media City Ballet. MCB also has a school called the Media Dance Centre, which provides training and instruction in not only ballet, but also in jazz, tap, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Folk, Swing and Salsa. In addition, the ballet company’s Outreach Division works with schools and local service groups to entertain and instruct the community on the art of ballet and dance. The new Junior Company is designed to train young dancers, and prepare them for the organization’s professional company.