Santa Clarita Ballet’s Nutcracker returns to the Performing Arts Center

Three years ago, Ballet Santa Clarita celebrated a milestone in the company’s history, the 25th anniversary of Ballet Santa Clarita’s dazzling Nutcracker. When the curtain fell on their last performance in December 2019, no one would have guessed how long before they could perform their beloved holiday classic again in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Thankfully, that day has finally arrived as the Santa Clarita Ballet returns to the stage at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center in December with three public performances of The Nutcracker, complete with its lavish sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s memorable score.
The dancers are thrilled to perform on stage again and the audience will be delighted to know that all their favorites will be back; Bryan Wallk as the eccentric Uncle Drosselmeyer, Raydel Caceres as the gallant Cavalier, Danny Davalos displaying his acrobatic partnership in Arabic dancing, and of course the adorable Gumdrops that emerge from under Madame Gigogne’s gigantic skirt.
The ballet’s heroine, “Marie”, will be danced by Faith Freund, a ninth grade student at Village Christian School (Sun Valley, CA). Faith is a straight student and was a member of the California Junior Scholarship Federation throughout college. Faith loves math and science and this year she started tutoring other students in math as part of a school program.
“The Sugar Plum Fairy” will be danced by Kira Gilliam, a high school student from Valence. Along with being an accomplished ballerina, Kira has volunteered countless hours with various community organizations, including several summers as a camp counselor. Kira has also won Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards, a Community Service Award, and a Service to Girl Scouts Award.
The Nutcracker’s nemesis, “The Rat King,” will be danced by Cari Mayfield, a freshman at CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts. Cari is an ambassador for Brown Girls Do Ballet, an organization that highlights dancers of color to help increase participation of underrepresented populations in ballet programs.
Performances will be held at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons on Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m. For information on ONLINE ticket sales, visit: santaclaritaballet.net or call 661.251.0366.