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'The Nutcracker': A guide to holiday performances around L.A.

'The Nutcracker': A guide to holiday performances around L.A.
"The Nutcracker" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is perhaps the most famous ballet ever written. (Los Angeles Times)

The end of the Thanksgiving holiday usually means the beginning of "Nutcracker" season. In the Los Angeles area, there will be a typically abundant number of performances of Tchaikovsky's most popular ballet.

Here's a guide to select productions of "The Nutcracker" in L.A. and Orange counties for the 2014 holiday season. Performances feature a range of talent, from international ballet stars to young, locally based dancers. The links below will provide more information on tickets and casting.

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Los Angeles Ballet: The Nutcracker, at various locations

Dec.  6, 7:30 p.m. (Alex Theatre)
Dec.  7, 2 p.m. (Alex Theatre)
Dec. 13, 1 p.m. (Dolby Theatre)
Dec. 13, 5 p.m. (Dolby Theatre)
Dec. 14, 1 p.m. (Dolby Theatre)
Dec. 14, 5 p.m. (Dolby Theatre)
Dec. 20, 1 p.m. (Royce Hall, UCLA)
Dec. 20, 5 p.m. (Royce Hall, UCLA)
Dec. 21, 1 p.m. (Royce Hall, UCLA)
Dec. 21, 5 p.m. (Royce Hall, UCLA)
Dec. 27, 1 p.m. (Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center)
Dec. 27, 5 p.m. (Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center)
Dec. 28, 2 p.m. (Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center)

Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Dec. 12, 7 p.m.
Dec. 13, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Dec. 14, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Dec. 17, 7 p.m.
Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
Dec. 19, 7 p.m.
Dec. 20, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Dec. 21, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Dec. 22, 2 p.m.
Dec. 23, 2 p.m.
Dec. 24, 11 a.m.

Westside Ballet: The Nutcracker, at the Broad Stage

Dec. 13, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Dec. 14, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
Dec. 19, 7 p.m.
Dec. 20, 11 a.m.
Dec. 21, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Pacific Symphony: The Nutcracker for Kids, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Dec. 13, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Conejo Civic Ballet: The Nutcracker at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Long Beach Ballet: The Nutcracker, at the Long Beach Convention Center, Terrace Theater

Dec. 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14, 2 p.m.
Dec. 20, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 21, 2 p.m.

Pacific Festival Ballet: The Nutcracker, at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Dec. 20, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Dec. 21, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Dec. 21, 3 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Performances through Feb. 2 

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