Pasadena Dance Theatre Presents “The Nutcracker Ballet” at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse

PDT’s well-loved production of The Nutcracker Ballet returns to the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse December 18 through December 23, 2021.

PHOTO: PDT | South Pasadenan News | Pasadena Dance Theatre's Nutcracker at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.

Pasadena Dance Theatre returns with its beloved, magical production of The Nutcracker Ballet to the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium for four performances only!  Choreographed by Artistic Director Cynthia Young, the production features PDT’s professional company, joined by a cast of over thirty young dancers in the children’s roles in the ballet. Don’t miss the return of this Southern California holiday tradition where South Pasadena’s own Stella Abrera, former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, danced for several years. It’s become a well-loved tradition in the area and makes for a wonderful outing for the whole family!

PHOTO: PDT | South Pasadenan News | Pasadena Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.

Cynthia Young, Artistic Director,tells us “Everyone at PDT is thrilled to be back in the historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse presenting the beloved Nutcracker Ballet. I have cast older dancers in the many children’s roles and made numerous choreographic adaptations to the production putting the health and welfare of the cast first. It is exciting to bring life back into the theater and share this family event with our loyal audience. Don’t miss The Nutcracker this year, there will be something new for everyone.”

Several dancers in the production are residents of South Pasadena, including members of the children’s cast  Ava Torres, Paloma Lakoff and Liana Zangwill. Principal Dancer, Jessamyn Vedro, also of South Pasadena, dances the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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As per Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ; effective September 20, 2021 all indoor events with potential audience sizes greater than 1000 patrons will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the day of the event. Please note; self-attestation may not be used to verify status as fully vaccinated or as proof of negative test result. Face masks must also be worn indoors at all times during the event regardless of vaccination status.

Performances are Saturday Dec. 18 at 2pm, Sunday Dec. 19 at 2pm, Wednesday Dec. 22 at 2pm and Thursday Dec. 23 at 1pm. Tickets at or call 626-683-3459.