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Bruce Steivel’s classic Nutcracker returns this year with live music by Bay Pointe Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Derek Tam. Filled with adventure, audiences of all ages will enjoy Clara’s journey to the Land of the Sweets!
Bay Pointe Ballet presents performances of Nutcracker annually at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, with additional regional touring dates. With custom-designed sets and costumes as well as Tchaikovsky's enchanting score, choreographer Bruce Steivel sets the stage of this treasured classic in St. Petersburg, Russia, where ambassadors and their families gather to celebrate the holidays. As the magic unfolds, you'll journey through the Snow Forest to the Land of the Sweets to celebrate Clara's victory over the dreaded Rat King — a treat for the entire family.
Saturday, December 3 @ 2PM | Grand Sierra Resort Reno
Sunday, December 4 @ 2PM | Grand Sierra Resort Reno
Friday, December 9 @ 7PM | Bob Hope Theatre Stockton
Friday, December 16 @ 7PM | San Mateo Performing Arts Center
Saturday, December 17 @ 2PM | San Mateo Performing Arts Center
Saturday, December 17 @ 7PM | San Mateo Performing Arts Center
Sunday, December 18 @ 2PM | San Mateo Performing Arts Center
Bruce Steivel’s choreography offers a pleasantly traditional take on Tchaikovsky’s fairy-tale ballet, with an emphasis on pretty. - Las Vegas Sun
Choreography: Bruce Steivel Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Orchestra Conductor: Derek Tam Sets & Costumes: Alexander Vassiliev Running time: Two 45 min acts, including a 15-minute intermission
Appropriate for all audiences of all ages.
Our Nutcracker features the Bay Pointe Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Derek Tam, for all San Mateo performances.
In demand as a conductor and historical keyboardist, Derek Tam performs regularly in the Bay Area and elsewhere.
As a conductor, Derek appears frequently with choral and orchestral ensembles. In addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Star Valley Children's Choir (SVCC), he is Director of Music at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, one of the major performance venues for classical music in the East Bay. He is also music director of the Berkeley Community Chorus Chamber Singers.
In addition to his conducting career, Derek is a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist on various historical keyboards, from the harpsichord and fortepiano to the modern concert grand. As a historical keyboardist, he presents solo recitals throughout the Bay Area and is a founding member of MUSA, a San Francisco-based Baroque ensemble. He also performs regularly with Ars Minerva, a performing arts organization dedicated to presenting forgotten operas from the Italian Baroque. He has served as a continuo harpsichordist for the symphonies of Merced, Modesto, Napa Valley, and Santa Cruz, as well as at Festival del Sole. An advocate for new music for harpsichord, his ensembles have premiered works by Danny Clay, Sean Harold and Andrew McIntosh.
He is a faculty member at the NAPA Music Festival, and has been on the staff of the American Bach Soloists Festival and Academy. Derek is also education coordinator for American Bach Soloists, one of the nation’s premier early music ensembles. He also played a major role in resurrecting the choral program at Berkeley High School.
He currently serves on the Youth Advisory Board of Early Music America, and is a graduate of Yale University.
Grand Sierra Resort
The Grand Theatre recently experienced a $15 million renovation that includes seating for three thousand people and a $2 million sound system. The theatre lays claim to be the world's largest indoor stage, with one acre of performance space. Once home to MGM's "Hello Hollywood Hello" 1978-87 production, the venue continues to support large concerts and performances.
2500 East 2nd St
Reno, NV 89595
Bob Hope Theatre, Stockton
The Bob Hope Theatre features 2,042 completely refurbished red velvet seats in this state-of-the-art sound, lighting and rigging systems, with expanded restroom facilities and concessions. A marble mosaic floor encompasses a 1,200 square foot space in the center of the lobby, and the building is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
242 E. Main St.
Stockton, CA 95202
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
The San Mateo Performing Arts Center recently unveiled the results of an extensive $28 million dollar renovation. Configured for optimal stage viewing, the venue is ideal for Bay Pointe Ballet's professional productions. The San Mateo Performing Arts Center now rivals any professional theatre in the Bay Area and is the largest stage between San Francisco and San Jose.
600 N Delaware St
San Mateo, CA
Nutcracker Tea Party
Join the Tea Party on December 17th and 18th at 12 Noon
Clara cordially invites children ages 4 through 12 to join her for a tea party prior to the December 17th and 18th Nutcracker performances. This sparkling sit down affair will include tea sandwiches, sweet treats, juice, crafts and visits with costumed characters of The Nutcracker.
Nutcracker Tea Party
December 17 at 12 Noon
December 18 at 12 Noon
Mezzanine Lobby of the San Mateo Performing Arts Center
Tickets for children and adults are $30 each.
One adult must accompany each party of 1 through 6 children.
Please note: A Nutcracker performance ticket is not included in the Nutcracker Tea Party. Nutcracker performance tickets are sold separately.
May I purchase tickets in person or at the door?
Advanced ticket purchases are made online through our baypointeballet.tix.com. For San Mateo Performing Arts Center productions you may also call 1.800.595.4849. Tickets are available for purchase at the door, but we cannot guarantee seat availibility.
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Do you have group rates?
Yes, groups of 10 or more may get a 15% discount. Contact us online or call 650-835-1035 ext. 102 to make arrangements.
Is there accessible seating?
Yes, sufficient wheelchair and companion seating is available throughout the theatre, but may not be purchased online. Contact us at 650-835-1035 to purchase wheelchair and companion seats.
Can I avoid the ticket fee if I purchase tickets at the door or calling?
The ticket processing fee applies to all purchase, whether bought online, over the phone, or at the door.
Can my child sit in my lap?
Regardless of age, each person must have a his or her own seat and a ticket.
Where are the best seats?
Young children like to sit close so they can see all the small details, lace on the costume, color of the dancer's eyes etc. After age 8, audience members enjoy seeing the bigger picture - the patterns made by the dancers and the beauty of the dancers' footwork. The further away you sit, the easier it is to take in the whole stage.
Is the ballet appropriate for my 3 year old?
Parents know best if their child is able to sit during an entire ballet. Still, children who can sit quietly through a 45-minute act are welcome at the ballet performance.
All Sales Are Final. No Refunds.
Tickets may be exchanged for a different performance date of the same production. Exchange fee $3 per ticket. Exchange requests must be made three business days in advance of performance. Please contact customer service to request an exchange.
All tickets delivered by email. If you do not have an email address or a printer, please contact customer service and we will be happy to make your ticket available at the theater in "will call" on the day of the show. If you have a copy of your eticket or receipt on your mobile device, that is sufficient and you do not need to print out your tickets.
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Bay Pointe Ballet
Attn: Customer Service
271 Wattis Way
PHONE: 650.835.1035 EXT. 102 | FAX: 650.741.6194