Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker”

Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker 

Graham Lustig's "The Nutcracker" 2014
Ramona Kelley as Marie and Gregory DeSantis as The Nutcracker.
Photo by David DeSilva

December 19-20
The Paramount Theatre
Live music by the Oakland Symphony accompanied by the Mt. Eden High School Women’s Choir

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1:00 pm

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5:00 pm

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2:00 pm

Adult : $25-87
(Prices include $2 Paramount Theatre facility fee.)*
Juniors (12 years and under) receive a 15% discount.
Seniors (62 years and older) receive a 15% discount.
* Purchase before November 15 to receive an additional 15% early-bird discount on regular, senior and child tickets.

Take part in all of the exciting events and performances offered this holiday season with our VIP Package!- VIP ticket to the Nutcracker performance of your choice;
– A ticket to the post-performance reception of your choice (either the Sweet Dreams Party or Encore Reception, dependent upon the date and time of your Nutcracker performance ticket);
– Pre-performance back stage tour (commences 30 minutes prior to the performance)
– A ticket to the Land of the Sweets Tea Party on December 12 from 1:30-4:00 at the Bellevue Club.
Adults: $250
Children: $200
Contact the Oakland Ballet Company office to purchase a VIP packages directly and save Ticketmaster fees. 510-893-3132 or
Purchase tickets here.


Running time is approximately 2 hours, including intermission.
Doors open 60 minutes before show time.
All ages require a ticket.

Special Nutcracker Season Events

Celebrate the season with Oakland Ballet at one of our special Nutcracker season events.

Sweet Dreams Parties

Immediately following the matinee performances on December 19 and 20.Children of all ages are welcome! Meet the delightful characters from Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker and enjoy enticing refreshments straight from the Land of the Sweets. Bring your camera for pictures with the Sugarplum Fairy and her Nutcracker friends. (A separate ticket is required to attend the Nutcracker performance.)

December 19 Sweet Dreams Party

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December 20 Sweet Dreams Party

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Encore Reception

Celebrate opening night of The Nutcracker! Mingle with the Oakland Ballet dancers and Artistic Director Graham Lustig. Enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants. (A separate ticket is required to attend the Nutcracker performance.)

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The Encore Reception is Sponsored by:

Land of the Sweets Tea Party

Saturday, December 12
The Bellevue Club
Tickets on sale now>

The Nutcracker Tea Party is the perfect way to kick off your family’s holiday festivities! Held at the beautiful Bellevue Club on Lake Merritt, this event is a delight for ballet lovers of all ages.In addition to an elegant, plated tea, a buffet of sweets and treats, holiday carols, and select excerpts from Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker, guests will have the opportunity to meet Oakland Ballet Company dancers and pose for photographs with members of The Nutcracker cast. Ballet enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their children to this family friendly event. Make your holiday season spectacular and reserve your seats today!

Land of the Sweets Tea Party Homepage


The Land of the Sweets Tea Party is Sponsored by:

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About Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker

OBC_NutcrackerMarieDrosselmeyerIntroduced to Bay Area audiences in 2010 with the arrival of Mr. Lustig as Artistic Director, this heartfelt version of a worldwide classic has found a happy home here with Oakland Ballet Company, as our dancers bring to life the story of one girl’s enchanted winter evening.

Music: Peter Illych Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Graham Lustig
Set and Costume Design: Zack Brown