Long Beach Ballet Wins 12th Annual “Nutty” Award

Long Beach Ballet has won the 12th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award!

As the winner of the only award that honors live performances of the seasonal classic, Long Beach Ballet will receive a cash prize to go toward education and accessibility programs; the coveted “Nutty” statuette; and is officially named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. for 2018. This production competed in a field of more than 65 nominees to take top honors in the audience-favorite competition.

“This is indeed a great honor to be voted the best of so many great Nutcrackers around the country,” says Long Beach Ballet Artistic Director David Wilcox. “This production has been a labor of love for myself, my staff and our wonderful dancers. We all look forward to many more years of magic and beauty!”

This stunning version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet has been a Southern Californian holiday favorite for more than 30 years. Accompanied by full symphony orchestra, the Long Beach Ballet The Nutcracker also boasts sparkling sets and costumes, a cast of more than 200, dazzling pyrotechnics and magic effects — along with a special appearance by Rebel, Long Beach Ballet’s gorgeous white Arabian horse.

For 12 years, the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award has been the only nationwide award for live Nutcracker-themed performances, showcasing the astounding quality and variety of Nutcracker productions each year — from classic ballet to hip-hop, burlesque and more. The competition is based solely on Goldstar purchasers’ post-show ratings to rank Nutcracker productions in order of audience favorite.

“We’d like to congratulate the entire company and crew on being named best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S.,” says Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy. “It’s a real testament to their talent, vision and commitment to showcasing a spectacular performance.”

For more on the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, visit goldstar.com/nutcrackers.

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