South Bay Ballet's The Nutcracker -- The Holiday Favorite
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The El Cerrito College venue was easy to find and the staff on site helpful in guiding me to closest parking to the Marsee Auditorium. This version of the Nutcracker had wonderful scenery. It was especially impressive in the first act--changing several times to "show" the dream-sequence children diminishing in size. The dancing by members of the South Coast Ballet Company and students in its school affiliate was polished. Unfortunately, there was almost no "story" in the second act save for a short recapitulation of the battle between the nutcracker and the mice. Rather, there was an almost endless series of variations by different groupings before the finale. The music was recorded.
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I haven't seen this company's interpretation in some years. Even though the dancers were pretty good, I was disappointed by some of the parts that were deleted. Specifically the tree growing from the ground and most especially the live orchestra.