Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker on Tap

Alameda Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker

Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker on Tap

Now in its 13th year, Alameda Civic Ballet’s (ACB) production of its full-length Nutcracker ballet will presented three times this weekend. Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet will be presented at 7 p.m., tomorrow, Dec. 21, and at 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22 and 23, at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road.

ACB is in the third year of a projected four-year closure of its “home” theater, Alameda’s Kofman Auditorium, but has had success in its temporary home at the center. 

“We knew the Castro Valley Center for the Arts was a modern, professionally run theater,” said artistic director Abra Rudisill, “but, last year, we weren’t 100 percent certain how our production would work in the smaller venue. We couldn’t have been more thrilled about how it turned out.” 

ACB sold out all three shows last December, and audience members were equally thrilled. ACB aimed to bring Castro Valley residents to the show to hopefully start a new tradition for that community. 

“Our ticket sales data showed we were successful to a degree, with hundreds of tickets sold to Castro Valley residents,” said ACB business director Marty Beene. 

Past ACB Nutcrackers, which have featured more than 120 dancers from the community and from local professional companies, have included such notable dancers as: Marena Pérez of Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico, Roberto Vega of the National Ballet of Cuba, Meredith Webster and Corey Scott-Gilbert of Lines Ballet and Nikki and Ethan White of Smuin Ballet. 

“I’ve seen every ACB Nutcracker since they started producing it in 2005,” said ACB fan and volunteer Pamela Boyes. “Last year’s show in that theater was certainly equal to the high quality I expect as a ballet lover, and there truly isn’t a bad seat in the house. It was definitely worth the extra 15 minutes it took me to get there compared to attending the ballet at Kofman.”

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ACB, a non-profit dance company founded in 2003 by Rudisill, strives to create and present high quality, community-accessible ballet performances while providing young dancers with valuable experience performing alongside professional dancers.