What makes Oakland Ballet’s Nutcracker unique is that first, it is the only professional Nutcracker production in the East Bay, and also this is the 47th season that the company has presented the Nutcracker in Oakland’s Paramount Theatre.
In addition, the Oakland Symphony performs the Tchaikovsky score in its entirety, including the addition of a children’s choir in the snow scene. Some special parts of our production include some plot twists as well: we have ten little dancing Snowballs in the Land of the Snow, and Marie and her Nutcracker fly to Confiturenburg (the Land of Sweets) in a tree ornament shaped like a hot-air balloon. My production is also set in Edwardian times, when women were were riding bicycles, no longer wearing corsets and becoming more self empowered by the fight for emancipation. The set design is Viennese, and this shows the birth of modernism.