Sunday, June 24 , 2018, 7:44 pm | Fair 67º


State Street Ballet to Perform ‘The Nutcracker’ with Full Orchestra

For the first time in its 18-year history, Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet will present Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s incomparable holiday masterpiece The Nutcracker with full symphony orchestra Dec. 22-23 at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. in downtown Santa Barbara.

The soloists will be Kate Kadow as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Rayan Camou as the Nutcracker Prince.

The company’s 2012-13 season launched to rave reviews in October with the world premiere of an exciting new full-length ballet, An American Tango.

The company made its New York City debut on Nov. 14 at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, and has been touring the country with The Nutcracker, including five sold-out performances with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra Dec. 6-9.

In collaboration with the Opera San Luis Obispo Orchestra, the State Street Ballet will present its first Santa Barbara Nutcracker with a live orchestra in the pit. Brian Asher Alhadeff will conduct. A student of Gustafson Dance will perform the role of Clara with State Street Ballet’s professional dancers.

Staging and choreography for State Street Ballet’s original production of The Nutcracker are by Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson and the company’s choreographer and ballet master, Gary McKenzie. Costume design is by A. Christina Giannini and Anaya Cullen. The sets were designed and produced in Moscow.

Performances will be offered at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. For tickets, call the Granada Theatre Box Office at 805.899.2222 or click here. Ticket prices range from $21 to $41. Patron tickets, center section are $100. For group sales, call Gloria Regan at 805.319.1648.

— Barbara Burger is a publicist representing the State Street Ballet.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >