Inland Dance Theatre to present ‘The Nutcracker’ in San Bernardino – San Bernardino Sun

Inland Dance Theatre will present its 46th production of “The Nutcracker” ballet Dec. 9-11 at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino.

Performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 and 2:15 p.m. Dec. 11.

“The Nutcracker” is the tale of young Clara who receives an enchanted nutcracker for Christmas. The Nutcracker comes to life, battles the ferocious Mouse King and turns into a prince who takes Clara on a journey to the Land of Snow where they meet the Snow King and Queen. They continue their journey to the Kingdom of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy has her subjects dance and celebrate in their honor.

Inland Dance Theatre’s production, danced to Tchaikovsky’s music, features a cast of 100 dancers ranging from age 5 to professional, according to a news release.

Principal dancers include Alyssa-Marie Muña as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Phoenix Wilkins as her Cavalier, Renato Lucena as the Snow King, Esther Myhr as the Snow Queen and Lilia Valerio as the Dew Drop Fairy.

Other featured roles include Skye Massih as Clara, Keira Jones as Fritz, Isabelle LaBrie as the Mouse King, Megan Giffin as the Nutcracker and Brian Sandahl returning for his 35th and final year as Herr Drosselmeyer.

“This year, the production is dedicated to Diane Amendt, our artistic director who passed away in July,” Kathleen Curtis, president of Inland Dance Theatre, said in the news release.

“She was involved in every presentation of ‘The Nutcracker’ starting as a dancer in 1976 and becoming director in 1980. Her love for ballet, for her dance students and for the arts in the Inland Empire community was a guiding force for our organization and she will be missed,” Curtis said.

Tickets are $35-$45, available at Ticketmaster or at the California Theatre box office, 909-885-8263.

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