Dancers wearing white pants and red jackets with gold braided cord around the buttons march with Nutcracker who has on a mask with big white teeth, mustache and red crown. He holding up a sword in his right hand.
State Street Ballet Academy students perform with State Street Ballet’s ensemble in ‘The Nutcracker,’ Dec. 17-18. Credit: Courtesy photo

State Street Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” comes home to Santa Barbara for three final shows Dec. 17 and 18, following a performance tour throughout the northwestern states.

The holiday classic at The Granada Theatre features students from State Street Ballet Academy performing alongside State Street Ballet’s ensemble, and trainees from the company’s professional track program, accompanied by Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra under the direction of Brian Asher Alhadeff.

The role of Clara, the girl who dreams that her nutcracker comes to life, is cast from among academy students for the matinees. This year the role will be danced by Olivia Pires at 2 p.m. Sunday, and Sophia Kanard, 2 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday evening’s performance features State Street Ballet professional dancer Emma Matthews as Clara, which she also performed on tour.

Principal casting includes Nerea Barrondo, Deise Mendonca, and Marika Kobayashi as Sugar Plum Fairy, with Cavaliers Harold Mendez, Hernan Montenegro, and Kaito Yamamoto. Sergei Domrachev is featured as Herr Drosselmeyer, and Saori Yamashita and Elizaveta Domracheva as Snow Queen.

Music is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; choreography by Rodney Gustafson, with additional choreography by Gary McKenzie, Marina Fliagina, Cecily MacDougall, Megan Philipp and Chauncey Parsons; costume design by A. Christina Giannini, Nicole Thompson and Mary Etta Lang; set design by Daniel Nyiri and Yuriy Samodurov; mask and doll design by Robert Joyce.

Tickets are available through The Granada Theatre box office and online at Prices rage from $38 to $121, with a discounted price of $26 for children 12 and under in select price zones. A student discount is also available for purchase in person, or by calling the box office, 805-899 – 2222.

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