On Christmas Eve, 1944, San Francisco Ballet presented America's first full-length Nutcracker while the Battle of the Bulge was underway, kicking off a nation-wide tradition. Now in its 75th anniversary year, the Company shares the magic of the timeless ballet with performances of Helgi Tomasson's set-in-San Francisco Nutcracker, danced to Tchaikovsky's timeless score, at the historic War Memorial Opera House.
San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker” is an annual holiday tradition for so many Bay Area residents, and this year marks a special milestone - 75 years since SFB premiered the very first North American production! Spend Christmas Eve with Clara Stahlbaum and her family, and then join her on a whirlwind journey where she meets life size mice, fluttering snowflakes, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Nutcracker Prince.
Photo: © Erik Tomasson