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What Is It?

‘Tis the season when snow falls onstage, the enchanted Christmas tree grows and grows, mice battle with toy soldiers and Clara travels to the magical Land of Sweets!  Our Ensembles and Ballet Companies all participate in CAPA’s magical December holiday offering…a full length, narrated version of the classical favorite, “THE NUTCRACKER.”  CAPA’s Nutcracker has become a much loved Lamorinda tradition and is on the “don’t miss” list for many families.  It’s a highly professional production with gorgeous costumes, beautiful sets, and of course the amazing talents of over 100 local performers.  It’s great fun for all ages…even preschoolers love it as the narrator helps engage them in the timeless tale of Clara and her enchanted Christmas Eve.  Tickets always sell out quickly, but should be a “must” for family and friends on your holiday calendar.  Six public performances will be held this year.  The Saturday and Sunday evening performances also include the “Dancers’ Concerto,” featuring our Ensemble Divisions performing tap, jazz, production & contemporary pieces.


How Do I Get Tickets?

Here is the link to purchase tickets:

Who Performs in the Nutcracker?

All of CAPA’s Ballet Companies as well as several of the traditional performing ensembles (Daisy, Rose, Poppy, Violet & Sr. Ensemble) perform in the Nutcracker.

Who Can Audition and When are Auditions?

You must be a member of one of CAPA’s Ballet Companies to be eligible to audition for featured roles.  Only featured roles need to audition…ALL Ballet Company members (as well as several other ensembles) will perform with their company in the Nutcracker.

9/19/17: Queens Audition (Senior Ballet Company dancers only)

 9/24/17: Other Featured Roles for Nutcracker Audition (Ballet Company dancers only)

When is it?

Rehearsal Schedule 2017

12/09 Nutcracker Dress Rehearsal at CAPA

12/10 Nutcracker Dress Rehearsal at CAMPO

 12/14 Nutcracker Dress Rehearsal at CAMPO (after school)

Nutcracker Performance Schedule 2017

Fri., Dec. 15, 5:30PM (RED CAST)

Fri, Dec. 15, 8:00PM (GREEN CAST)

Sat., Dec. 16, 2:00PM (GREEN CAST)

Sat., Dec. 16, 7:00PM (RED CAST – with Concerto) 

Sun., Dec. 17; 1:00PM (RED CAST)

Sun., Dec. 17, 5:00PM (GREEN CAST – with Concerto)


Who dances when?



Act 1

  • Overture
  • All party scene… Ladies (senior ensemble), gentlemen, children (Poppy)
  • Sylphide group dance
  • Fight (battle scene)… Mice and soldiers… Aurora and Coppelia
  • Snow

Act Two

  • Angels (Daisy)
  • Handmaidens
  • Two by Twos
  • Spanish (Paquita)
  • Arabian (Senior Ensemble)
  • Chinese (Giselle/Kirov)
  • Candy Canes (Violet)
  • Mirlitons (Kitri)
  • Bon Bons (Rose)
  • Waltz of the Flowers (Senior Ballet)
  • Two by Twos – Finale


CONCERTO ORDER (Performs Saturday and Sunday nights)

  • Production Ensemble: Rogers and Hammerstein Tribute
  • Daisy Ensemble (split cast red/Sat., green/Sun.)
  • VioletEnsemble (split cast red/Sat., green/Sun.)
  • Junior Ensemble (Sunday only)
  • Calla Ensemble (Saturday only) 
  • IrisEnsemble (Sunday only)
  • Lilac Ensemble (Saturday only)
  • Senior Tap (all dancers both nights)
  • Rose Ensemble (split cast red/Sat., green/Sun.)
  • Production Ensemble: Celtic Wind
  • Poppy Ensemble (split cast red/Sat., green/Sun.)
  • Senior Ensemble (all dancers both nights)