Bay Area’s Holiday Nutcracker Shows and Other Events

In this year’s holiday season, multiple shows and events in the Bay Area are not up for physical viewing due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Despite the restrictions, however, many of the area’s state productions would hold virtual broadcasts for viewers to enjoy during the holidays. Dress up for the upcoming occasion and set up your computer screens as rundown choices for scheduled holiday goings-on broadcasts get listed in the next portion:

1. San Jose Dance Theatre

Starting December 11, the San Jose Dance Theatre would host live broadcast streams of the three Nutcracker ballet productions, beginning from the show’s 1995 debut up to its upcoming 30th-anniversary special. Additionally, on December 14 and 15, the company would feature Nutcracker snippets filmed around San Jose’s locations, with individual performance tickets costing $25 each. For viewers to get unlimited access to the show’s archives, the theatre offers a monthly fee of $11.90 to its streaming platform’s subscribers.

Interested watchers can visit the company’s link sjdt.org for more updates and news about the Nutcracker productions.

2. ‘Velveteen Rabbit’

Apart from the anticipated Nutcracker shows, another exciting production would become broadcast live through unlimited online streaming. The ODC/Dance’s tender tale “The Velveteen Rabbit” is available for virtual watchers from December 10 up to 31, 2020. ODC/Dance’s co-artistic director KT Nelson choreographed and directed the digital production. The said performance would display the beautiful story of a love-worn stuffie’s transition into a real-life bunny, a vivid cast of characters, and colorful costumes.

Fans of the enchanting tale can visit the production’s official website to purchase its various access packages. The primary deal only costs $35, while the deluxe bundle is worth $80 accompanied by a stuffed rabbit, “Velveteen Rabbit” props, and an activities book.

3. Tree of Lights Virtual Celebration 

The Tree Lights of Virtual Celebration is a fundraising event dedicated to families and friends honoring their beloved. The virtual streaming for the event would occur on December 13, with collected funds intended to cover hospital patients without insurance programs and other services.

Willing participants can purchase their lights online and book a schedule at bit.ly/3lLDj15.\.

4. Broadway Holiday at the Drive-In

The Transcendence Theatre company would host the screening of the “Broadway Holiday” musical, accompanied by a holiday sing-along and family-friendly in-car activities. The said occasion would take place on two different dates and venues: December 4 to 6 at Somo Village and December 11 to 13 at Sonoma Raceway by 6:15 p.m. 

The company’s website transcendencetheatre.org/broadway-holiday-2020/ offers reservations ranging from $59 to $249.

5. San Francisco Ballet

Running through December 31, the San Francisco Ballet will host the “Nutcracker Online” production that offers a family-friendly interactive digital package. The said show is an immersive performance with production specialists Blueprint Studios and San Francisco design.

In December 2007, the “Nutcracker Online” got filmed in high definition at the War Memorial Opera House. The show features Vanessa Zahorian as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Elizabeth Powell as Clara, Yuan Yuan Tan as the Snow Queen, and Pierre-Francois Vilanoba as the Snow King. Additionally, the production adapted Helgi Tomasson’s lavish Nutcracker version, with dancers Davit Karapetyan and Maria Kochetkova performing the show’s grand pas de deux dance.

For more information regarding tickets and get regular show updates, you can visit this link: sfballet.org/productions/nutcracker-online. The San Francisco Ballet offers its customers a $49 deluxe package. The said bundle consists of 48-hour access to the show’s focal performance and other special features. That includes entry to the S.F. Ballet Shop, an interactive trip through the holiday-themed War Memorial Opera House, videos, activities, and more.