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The San Jose Nutcracker

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The San Jose Nutcracker is a two-act classical ballet production suitable for the whole family. Children of all ages are welcome. The production will last about two hours and have one intermission.

Our story begins at a festive holiday party hosted by young Clara, her brother Fritz, and their family in San Jose at the turn of the last century. Meet fascinating Uncle Nikola and his electric gifts, including electric lighting for the home, an arc lamp, and a large electric coil that rivals the power of lightning itself. Marvel at a replica of the historic San Jose Light Tower as it magically grows to rise above the streets of San Jose. Cheer on adorable mice and toy soldiers who compete to win a magic crown. Be enchanted by a winter wonderland presided over by the Queen of Snow as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince begin a fantastic journey.

In the second act, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince travel to “The Valley of Hearts Delight,” where they meet the Sugarplum Fairy as well as characters inspired by Santa Clara Valley during the orchard era. Be entertained by a dancing Walnut, marvel at lightning fast Quicksilver, and delight in stunning Spanish Bougainvillea. Be mesmerized by the dance of the Diamond Back Rattlesnake and enchanted by fluttering Orchard Blossoms. Be swept away by a waltz of the flowers led by a dazzling California Poppy. And let the enchanting Sugarplum Fairy dance through your head for nights to come.

Featuring The New Ballet Studio Company, students from The New Ballet School, and professional Guest Artists, The San Jose Nutcracker will feature the traditional score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky performed by The New Ballet Orchestra and conducted by Thomas Shoebotham.


December 13 @ 7:00 pm
December 14 @ 2:00 pm
December 15 @ 2:00 pm
December 20 @ 7:00 pm
December 21 @ 2:00 pm
December 22 @ 2:00 pm
December 23 @ 2:00 pm
December 24 @ 2:00 pm


"The costumes were beautiful. The sets were spectacular especially that growing tree! The dancing was lovely...at times I had tears in my eyes just at the wonderment...it brought joy to all who were lucky enough to experience it! A definite must see for the holiday experience. Can' wait until next year ! :)"Pat Fraguglia
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Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.


Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM

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Accessible by BART and VTA (2nd & Paseo De San Antonio exit is in front of the Hammer Theatre)