Sacramento Ballet’s Nutcracker Opens Friday


It will be easy to spot me in the audience during opening night of the Sacramento Ballet’s Nutcracker. I’ll be the one rummaging through my handbag for a tissue to wipe away the tears as the Snow Queen makes her entrance. Sure, this will be the ballet’s 500th performance of the holiday classic. And we’ll see the footwork of not one, but three Sugar Plum Fairies, including Melissa Sandvig, veteran of “Dancing With the Stars.” But for me, the highlight is always the Snow Queen and her king–when they take the stage riding a sleigh as cymbals crash and the strings run counterpoint to the horns in Tchaikovsky’s majestic score.

Friday, December 11, 7 p.m. (Opening Night)
Saturday, December 12, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 13, 1 p.m. (Sweet Sunday)
Friday, December 18, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 20, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 22, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Wednesday, December 23, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Community Center Theater
1301 L St, Sacramento

Tickets:                                                                                                                                                                       Prices range from $15 to $68 for adults and $15 to $31 for children. Sweet Sunday performances are $75 for adults and $37.50 for children.

Single tickets can be purchased through the Community Center Theater. Call (916) 808-5181 Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or in-person at 1301 L Street. You can also buy tickets online at or through the Convention Center box office.